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Health Plus: Not your mom's ultrasound


Ultrasound has come a long way since the days of grainy, black and white baby photos.

In Health Plus, how the technology is used for everything from breast cancer to stroke.

It's not your mother's ultrasound.

"Now the image quality is just incredible and most notable on a baby ultrasound we now have 3-D and 4-D," said Curt Lukes, Sonography Supervisor at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Today's sonography gives doctors a clear and precise view of what's going on below the surface of our bodies.

"Radiologists basically will use ultrasound guidance to biopsy kidneys, biopsy livers and where we're used so heavily is with breast care as well," said Lukes.

A breast lump led Teresa Horak to get a biopsy using the ultrasound-guided technology.

Thankfully the tumor she's having removed next month is benign.

"You know you don't think it's gonna happen to you but it can and you do need to be checked," she said.

From heart disease to strokes, abnormalities that otherwise may have been missed are coming into focus.

"We also offer a wide variety of vascular studies where we can rule out a blood clot on one patient, the next patient we take a look at an artery and evaluate for a blockage or a narrowing that could potentially lead to a stroke," said Lukes.

By the way, ultrasound is safe, low-cost and of course non-invasive.

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