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Ultrasound (cont.)

Ultrasound Risks

According to the Food and Drug Administration, ultrasound has an excellent safety record since it was put into regular use more than 30 years ago.

It avoids the use of radiation that is common in other diagnostic procedures by using harmless sound waves to produce images.

By using ultrasound technology to assist in other procedures, you may also reduce the risk and increase the effectiveness of those other procedures.

Specialized high intensity ultrasound waves like those used for ESWL and HIFU have the ability to cause discomfort and potentially serious damage to tissue nearby the area of treatment. These risks are minimized by good control of wave intensity exposure timing and focus techniques.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2014

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