Ultrasound scanning

Ultrasound scanning

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Caption: Young woman undergoing abdominal ultrasound examination. Ultrasound scanning is used to image many organs in the body and is believed to be so safe that, unlike X-rays, it is widely used for scanning pregnant women. The scanner's probe contains a crystal that is made to vibrate & emit a high frequency sound pulse. The probe also acts as a receiver, detecting the echo of each pulse as it is reflected from the structures it encounters. Echos are created as the pulse meets interfaces between different tissue densities - the surface of bone, for example. The machine in background plots echoes against time to produce an image "slice" into the body.

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Keywords: abdominal ultrasonography, diagnostic, diagnostics, equipment, healthcare, medical, medicine, scanner, technique, ultrasound scanning

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