Woman undergoing an abdominal ultrasound scan

Woman undergoing an abdominal ultrasound scan

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Caption: Ultrasound scan. Doctor carrying out an abdominal ultrasound examination on a female patient. Ultrasound scanning uses high frequency sound waves to form an image of internal body structures and to search for such things as tumours and abscesses. A transducer held against the woman's abdomen emits the sound waves in short pulses and acts as a receiver for returning echoes. Echoes are created as each ultrasound pulse meets the boundary between two tissues of different densities. The monitor at upper right displays the resulting image.

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Keywords: abdomen, abdominal scan, diagnostic, diagnostics, doctor, equipment, healthcare, medical, medicine, monitor, patient, scanner, technique, transducer, ultrasound examination, ultrasound examinatn, ultrasound scan, ultrasound scanning

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