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Both of our facilities support a full range of a ultrasound applications from abdominal, renal and pelvic to vascular and cardiovascular and including small parts of thyroid and breast.
An ultrasound of the abdomen and/or (renal) kidneys provides in depth information about the liver,gallbladder,spleen,pancrease and kidneys. The pelvic ultrasound provides information on the bladder and female reproductive organs. An ultrasound is a painless imaging process which utilizes an imaging “probe” or transducer that emits and detects sound waves providing the ability to visualize internal organs and vessels. It usually takes about 30minutes to perform. Patient preparation for an Abdominal/Renal ultrasound: nothing by mouth after midnight or 6 hours prior to appointment. Patient preparation for a Pelvic/Bladder ultrasound: complete drinking 4 glasses of clear liquid or water 30 mins prior to exam.
A sonogram of the neck allows the evaluation of the thyroid and parathyroid glands as well as other soft tissue changes. Neck or Thyroid sonography does not include evaluation of the carotid and should not be confused with a Carotid Doppler. Although the carotid artery is located in the neck, this imaging uses a more specialized ultrasound technique. It usually takes about 30 minutes to perform with no special preparation.
Doppler sonography is a specialized imaging process to assess vascular function. It allows the radiologist to observe the blood flowing through a specific vein or artery to determine if any obstruction is compromising the process. It is an excellent tool to identify blood clots in the legs, aortic aneurysms or plaque build up in the carotid artery.It usually takes about 30-45 minutes to perform with no special preparation.
An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam that provides real time images of the heart. The Doppler portion of the exam evaluates the blood flow through the heart valves. The test is painless and usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to perform with no special preparation.
Breast Ultrasound is an essential tool in identifying and evaluating suspicious lumps in the breast. Breast lumps found during physical examination are usually evaluated with mammography. Often breast ultrasound is performed as a supplement to a mammography procedure. Breast ultrasound is the preferred imaging technique to identify fluid filled structures (cysts) that can be felt or diagnosed as a mass from a mammography procedure. In addition, breast ultrasound is a preferred imaging procedure for specific types of women, especially women under 30, breast-feeding or pregnant women, when mammography is a limited diagnostic option due to the density of the breast tissue. It usually takes about 30 minutes to perform with no special preparation.
For more information on this topic, please visit www.Radiologyinfo.org.