What is Ultrasound? How Does it Work?

Have you ever seen an ultrasound picture, but had no idea what you were looking at? Science Interpreter Brittany decodes these interesting machines. Want to learn more? Stop by our Giant Heart exhibit! 

You will find out that an ultrasound is a tool used by doctors to help see inside our bodies. It uses sound waves that pass through different parts of your body at different speeds then bounces back into the machine to show a picture. Dark areas are fluid or air and lighter areas are bones or muscles. 

Related Topics: physics, anatomy