chest ultrasound is an imaging test. It uses sound waves to look at the structures and
organs in your chest. It can help your healthcare provider see how well your lungs and
heart are working.
chest ultrasound can look at these areas:
- Food pipe (esophagus)
- Mid-chest area (mediastinum)
- The space between the lungs and chest wall (pleural
- Other structures in the chest
Your healthcare provider may also use ultrasound to see how blood flows through the
organs in your chest.
provider uses a small handheld device (probe or transducer) to make the images of your
chest. The transducer sends out sound waves that bounce off your organs and other
structures. The sound waves are too high-pitched for you to hear. The transducer then
picks up the bounced sound waves. These are made into pictures of your organs.
provider can add another device called a Doppler probe to the transducer. This probe
lets your provider hear the sound waves the transducer sends out. He or she can hear how
fast blood is flowing through a blood vessel. The provider can also hear in which
direction it is flowing. No sound or a faint sound may mean that you have a blockage in
Ultrasound is safe to have during pregnancy. It does not use radiation. It is also safe
for people who are allergic to contrast dye because it does not use dye.