Ultrasound imaging provides physicians with valuable data that facilitates the accurate diagnosis of various health conditions. It may also be performed to monitor the status of existing conditions.
What Is Ultrasound?
For instance, a doctor may use an ultrasound to determine if gallstones exist in the gallbladder. If stones are present, sound waves will echo back after “hitting” them. This will show on the monitor for the technologist to record. A radiologist interprets the sonograms and provides a written report to the referring physician.
What Is Ultrasound For?
Ultrasound can also be used to identify abdominal, kidney, heart, or liver conditions. It may detect tumors and other abnormal masses, and may assess changes in organ contours, size, or appearance.
How Is Ultrasound Performed?
For most ultrasound examinations, the patient is lying face-up in a comfortable position. If necessary for higher-quality images, the patient turns to one side or the other.
After the patient is in the proper position, a water-based gel is applied to the skin. This enables the sonographer to maintain contact with the body in order to successfully direct sound waves to the appropriate area. A transducer, which is a small hand piece, is set into the gel. The doctor moves it across the target site to capture the images. Only slight pressure is necessary to maintain contact between the hand piece and the skin. It is typically a painless procedure. In some situations, mild tenderness may occur. Once the radiologist records the images, he or she will wipe the skin is wiped clean and the patient is free to leave the facility.
Ultrasound may be performed in a number of ways. Above is the standard procedure. In some instances, it is with a different probe rather than the conventional hand piece. This type of imaging may include transvaginal ultrasound. The doctor sanitizes and covers a probe to insert into the vaginal cavity. This is to attain a closer look at the pelvic organs.
Preparation may be necessary for your exam. Please contact our facility to inquire.
Types of Ultrasound
At GO Imaging, we provide high quality traditional ultrasound. This analyzes internal organs for size, texture, or abnormalities. It can look at masses, cysts, or nodules. We also offer Doppler Ultrasound.
Doppler is a technique that evaluates blood vessels. Various types of doppler ultrasound enable clinicians to:
- Measure data such as the direction and speed of blood flow through vessels.
- Measure blood flow in detail, including distance travelled per second (or other unit of time).
“Duplex Ultrasound” is a mixture of both traditional and Doppler.
Benefits of Ultrasound
We assist referring physicians with their patient-care needs. We offer the necessary information to ascertain the most appropriate imaging technique for the objective. Reasons that physicians may choose ultrasound imaging over other techniques include:
- Soft-tissue may be clearer against ultrasound than x-ray.
- Ultrasound is an optimal imaging technique for pregnant women.
- The real-time imaging through ultrasound makes it well-suited to medical procedures.
- Patient comfort is high
- Most ultrasounds are complete within 30 to 60 minutes.
- Patients can resume normal activity immediately following ultrasound.
- Blood flow velocity can be seen in real time and documented using ultrasound.