A great first view – is an excellent way of describing what sonography, also called ultrasound diagnostics or echography, can provide. This imaging technique is based on the use of high frequency, mechanical vibrations. The radiation-free, completely harmless and painless ultrasound waves are reflected differently by the various tissues; this creates an echo that will then be recorded by the ultrasonic probe. The echo is then converted into an image, the so-called sonogram. This method allows us to view many regions of the body and establish a first diagnosis or even exclude pathological organ alterations. However, in some cases sonographic findings need to be further evaluated in follow-up examinations.
Sonography is the most important method for a differential diagnosis of an acute abdomen, gall stones, or for assessing vessels and their permeability, especially in the legs, but it is also equally important for examining the thyroid, heart, kidneys, urinary tracts and bladder. With contrast media in specific cases the diagnostics can even be further optimized.
In order to gain even more insights with sonography, we also use the Doppler method. Due to frequency shifts, the physical Doppler effect makes movements visible, which allows us to determine blood flow speeds, heart defects, constrictions or obstructions.