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Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce the images that will be obtained during your scan. The sound waves are produced and received by a small instrument called a transducer. Returning sound waves called "echoes" are sent back to the same transducer and the attached equipment electronically changes the echoes into a picture (image) of the area being scanned. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. In addition to pregnancies, ultrasound is used to image the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles, thyroid and breasts. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate the blood flow in the arteries and veins in the neck, abdomen and legs as well as your heart. What will I experience during my Ultrasound exam? The procedure itself is painless, however mild discomfort might occur from the slight pressure or angling of the transducer. A gel-like substance is applied to the skin surface so that the transducer will have better contact. For some pregnancy and gynecological exams it may be necessary to place the transducer inside the vagina, to obtain a close-up view of the uterus and the ovaries. In most cases women do not find this to be uncomfortable. For information on how to prepare for this exam, click here.