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Whole body

Ultrasonography is commonly used to evaluate the following:
  • Heart: For example, to detect abnormalities in the way the heart beats, structural abnormalities such as defective heart valves, and abnormal enlargement of the heart's chambers or walls (ultrasonography of the heart is called echocardiography)
  • Gallbladder and biliary tract: For example, to detect gallstones and blockages in the bile ducts
  • Urinary tract: For example, to distinguish benign cysts from solid masses (which may be cancer) in the kidneys or to detect blockages such as stones or other structural abnormalities in the kidneys, ureters, or bladder
  • Female reproductive organs: For example, to detect tumors and inflammation in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterus
  • Pregnancy: For example, to evaluate the growth and development of the fetus and to detect abnormalities of the fetus.