Uses for Ultrasound Diagnostics

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Mitar Vranic, DO, is an osteopathic surgeon at Western Vascular Associates in Mesa, Arizona, focusing primarily on vascular surgery, Dr. Mitar Vranic is board-certified in several fields, and also holds certification in the use of ultrasound diagnostics.

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves inaudible to humans. A computer displays the results of these sound waves as images of organs and tissue.

This technique is often associated with imaging unborn children. Ultrasound in pregnancy can reveal the presence of twins, detect ectopic pregnancies, and the gender of the fetus. It can also spot some birth defects and give an idea of size and weight.

Ultrasound is useful in other situations as well, though. It can visualize problems with blood vessels, the heart, kidneys, liver, and other organs. However, dense bone and the presence of gas or air inside certain organs hinders ultrasound’s capabilities.

Diagnosticians also employ ultrasound to guide them to the proper area during needle biopsies. Ultrasound waves can also be used as a treatment, by making repairs to soft tissue injuries.

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