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The use of ultrasound in measuring blood flow

The technology of ultra sound has many uses and one of the most useful for detecting clots and blockages in veins and arteries. Its great advantage is there is no need for x-rays or injections.

Deep vein thrombosis, a condition where clots can develop in the lungs, can be detected with ultrasound, with the least inconvenience for patients.

Limitations are findingĀ  clots in small blood vessels.

Ultrasound can also be used to detect the following:

The flow of blood in the heart and arteries
Blocked arteries
Measurements after treatment
Detection of aneurysms

Use on stomach scannings

Any restriction of blood flow to liver, spleen or kidneys.

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