About Ultrasonic Cavitation

What is Ultrasonic Cavitation Treatment?

Ultrasound is a non-invasive form of electromagnetic radiation that travels through the air and can affect all living things. The sound waves are generated by high frequency alternating electric currents (AC) in the earth’s crust. These AC currents create an oscillating magnetic field which creates an effect similar to a small radio or television antennae. When these fields interact with certain materials, they produce sounds called ultrasound waves.

The sound waves travel through the air and can reach your body. They may cause pain when they hit your ear, but it is not harmful.

However, if you have a damaged eardrum or other hearing problem, then you might hear some of the sounds that are produced by ultrasound. The most common type of ultrasound used for diagnosis and treatment is called acoustic tomography (AT). AT uses sound waves to produce images of tissues in the human body such as organs and internal structures.

In the past, there were no specific treatments for diseases caused by abnormal levels of ultrasound energy. Ultrasound therapy was developed to treat conditions like cancer and heart disease.

Today, many doctors use ultrasound to diagnose and treat various types of cancers, heart problems, bone disorders and other illnesses. Ultrasound therapy is very effective in treating patients with these ailments because it helps them see their condition clearly before any surgery or medication can be administered.

What is Ultrasonic Cavitation?

Cavitation is what happens when ultrasound is used to break up the tissue in a particular area of the body. The cavitation process involves a combination of low and high-frequency sound waves to mobilize, damage, and remove certain substances or materials. The most common types of cavitation are suction and fragmentation. Suction cavitation is used to remove small fluid-filled sacs from the body such as kidney stones. Fragmentation cavitation is used to break up mucus in the lungs or kidney stones.

What happens during an ultrasonic cavitation session?

Before you have a cavitation, your doctor will explain the treatment to ensure that you are ready for it. If you have any medical conditions that might prevent you from undergoing the procedure, let your doctor know immediately. Before the actual procedure, your physician will do an examination to find the area of the body that needs treatment. This area will be cleansed and prepared before the ultrasonic treatment is done.

Your physician will then use a device called a cavitatior to generate high-frequency sound waves to break up and remove excess fat, fluid orothecal material from your body. You may also experience some suction within the device as well.

The sensation should be similar to that of gentle tapping or vibration on the skin.

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