An ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning “echoes” as images. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

The Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health offers many different types of ultrasound exams including abdomen, carotids, venous, pelvis, thyroid, and renal. When enhanced with a special technique called Doppler, ultrasound can also capture blood flow in the vessels and document moving images of the heart using echocardiography.