General Ultrasound: Not Just for Pregnant Women

You don’t have to be pregnant to have a general ultrasound. In fact, men, women, and even children undergo this procedure as well. The terms ‘ultrasound’ and ‘sonogram’ are often used interchangeably—but a sonogram is the result of an ultrasound. So, the medical procedure, called a general ultrasound produces an image known as a sonogram.

What is a general ultrasound?
During an ultrasound small microphone-like transducers generate high-frequency sound waves to produce digital images of internal body structures (called sonograms) which are then used to monitor and/or diagnose various medical conditions.

Ultrasound is quick, painless, and safe for nearly everyone because unlike X-Rays, no radiation is emitted.

Why would someone need a general ultrasound?
Ultrasound technology allows a doctor to ‘see inside you’ without making an incision. Ultrasounds are used for everything ranging from identifying the source of pain, swelling, and/or infection to diagnosing and monitoring pregnancy.

Bergen Imaging Center offers the following general ultrasounds:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Renal and bladder ultrasound
  • First trimester obstetrical (OB) ultrasound
  • Thyroid ultrasound
  • Scrotal ultrasound

What are the advantages of general ultrasound?
In general, ultrasound has a number of advantages over comparable procedures.

  • Ultrasound is a non-invasive, needle-free procedure.
  • Ultrasound is quick and painless.
  • Ultrasound doesn’t expose patients to radiation.
  • Ultrasound captures soft tissue that doesn’t show up on X-Rays.
  • General ultrasound technology is widely accessible.
  • General ultrasound costs less than similar procedures.