Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure used for diagnosing a number of organs and conditions without x-ray radiation. Obstetrics relies heavily on ultrasound to provide detailed images of the fetus and uterus. Ultrasound can show fetal development, and bodily function like breathing, urination, and movement. Ultrasound is also extensively used for evaluating the kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, and blood vessels of the neck and abdomen. It can be used to guide fine-needle tissue biopsy to facilitate sampling cells from an organ for lab testing (for example, to test for cancerous tissue).
Ultrasound service is provided at the three regional centres (Boundary Trails Health Centre, Bethesda Regional Health Centre and Portage District General Hospital).