technology has advanced ultrasound Essay

1185 Words Nov 26th, 2013 5 Pages
Austin Smith

Technology has advanced Ultrasound

Waukesha County Technical College
12/3/13

Table of Contents

Abstract……………………………………………………………..page 3
Introduction…………………………………………………………page 4
3d/4D imaging………………………………………………………page 4
Pure Wave Transducer………………………………………………page 5
Color Doppler……………………………………………………….page 6
Point-of-Care………………………………………………………..page 6
Conclusion…………………………………………………………..page 7
Reference page………………………………………………………page 8

Abstract

The 1960s introduced the use Ultrasound to the medical field. Since the introduction of Ultrasound there has been many technological advancements that have greatly improved ultrasound imaging and quality of diagnosis results. These
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3D/4D ultrasounds provide very detailed, life like images that provide more accurate measurements and diagnoses. While 3D/4D-real time provides the same results, it also becomes a moving image that is continuously updated in real time as the patient is being scanned. This new advancement in ultrasounds has greatly improved health care, specifically in obstetrics. In the first trimester of pregnancy, 3D/4D ultrasound can demonstrate normal and abnormal fetal anatomy with exquisite detail. Detailed imaging of the umbilical, spine, head and face, genitalia, and extremities is possible. This provides improved diagnosis in the first trimester, limiting the need for more invasive imaging techniques. 3D/4D greatly increases the evaluation of the fetal skeleton. Obtaining detailed structural information about the spine is important in evaluating fetuses at risk for skeletal dysplasia. With 3D/4D ultrasounds the umbilical cord and its insertion sites are readily visualized and abdominal wall defects can be accurately and thoroughly studied. With 3D/4D it has become possible to accurately measure the volume of fetal organs and assess growth and development. Although 3D/4D has improved health care throughout the entire medical field, critical improvements can be seen in just obstetrics. Technology has advanced ultrasound imaging, but also much more.
Pure wave transducer
In the 1960’s transducers could only provide 2D images.

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