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Ultrasound is a common and completely painless test that uses sound waves to create pictures of your internal organs and tissues. A radiologist creates a report that is sent to your doctor, who will share the results with you. You can resume normal activities immediately after the ultrasound.

Ultrasound can diagnose several conditions, including pain, swelling and infection. Ultrasound-guided biopsies include the following:

  • Liver biopsy
  • Kidney biopsy
  • Thyroid biopsy
  • Abdominal mass biopsy 
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Prostate biopsy
Ultrasound at Montefiore

Several ultrasound options are available. Some use three-dimensional and four-dimensional technology along with Doppler ultrasound, a special procedure. The three types of Doppler ultrasound are spectral Doppler, color Doppler and power Doppler. Newer, 3-D ultrasound is now available at several locations and is used when the radiologist feels that 3-D images can improve the diagnosis. Your doctor will discuss which form of ultrasound is best for you.