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Ultrasound images, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Photo: Imaging Dept, CRH

Ultrasound is used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images.


Ultrasound has been used by radiologists and sonographers to image the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. The technology is relatively inexpensive and portable, especially when compared with other techniques.

An examination takes a quick 20-30 minutes and is painless; the examination is performed either by a Doctor or Radiography Practitioner. The equipment works by using sound waves and is the same as that used for examining pregnant women. No injection is required. Preparation required depends on which part of the body is being examined.

Ultrasound scan, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Photo: Imaging Dept, CRH

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