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Ultrasound (cont.)

Ultrasound Procedural Uses

  • Ultrasound-guided needle biopsy: Ultrasound helps medical professionals guide needles into specific areas of the body to extract cells for laboratory testing.
  • Ultrasound-guided needle aspiration: Ultrasound may be used to guide a needle into pockets of fluid accumulated in the body that need to be drained (for example, an abscess, pleural effusions, or ascites).
  • Ultrasound-assisted intravenous access: When an intravenous (IV) line is required and veins are difficult to access, ultrasound may be used to assist in finding larger veins in the neck, chest wall, or groin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/11/2016

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