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How is an ultrasound used to diagnose retinoblastoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image. A device is placed directly on the eye to emit and receive sound waves. These high-frequency waves enter the body - in this case, the eye - and bounce off tissue. The ultrasound reads these echoes and turns them into picture. An ultrasound can be particularly useful when a retinoblastoma tumor is large enough to obscure parts of the eye.

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