What are the benefits vs. risks?

  • Ultrasound scanning is non-invasive (no needles or injections, in most cases) and is usually painless.
  • Ultrasound is widely available and easy to use.
  • Ultrasound uses no ionizing radiation, making it an ideal modality for diagnosis and monitoring of pediatric patients.
  • Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as needle biopsies or fluid drainage.
  • Ultrasound images can visualize structure, movement and live function in the body’s organs and blood vessels.
  • For standard diagnostic ultrasound there are no known harmful effects on humans.