Ultrasound uses a round-headed transducer probe to produce sound waves that enter the body. Transducers can both send and receive sound waves.
Diagnostic ultrasound utilizes sound waves to produce images doctors can use for patient assessment. Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to interact with body tissue and modify it in some way, such as:
pushing or moving tissue
delivering medication to precise locations in the body
Therapeutic ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure that can take place in a clinical setting such as a doctor’s or therapist’s office.
In addition to relieving pain, ultrasound therapy can also: