What Is Ultrasound Used For?
Ultrasound, or sonography, is a tool doctors use for seeing what’s going on inside their patient’s body. The instrument transmits high-frequency sound and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. The information appears on a screen where the ultrasound technician can easily capture the images. Those images are then sent to your doctor for the results.
Now that you know exactly what ultrasound is, what is ultrasound used for?
Uses of Ultrasound
When you think ultrasound, you probably think of a pregnant mother at her checkup. This is the most common use of ultrasound images, but there are several uses of ultrasound. Ultrasound during pregnancy provides information on due dates, the number of babies, possible pregnancy issues, and of course, the sex of the baby. There are many potential problems that an ultrasound can detect during pregnancy, which is why regular appointments are necessary.
Potential pregnancy issues spotted through ultrasound:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Spina bifida
- Heart defects
- Kidney issues
- Cleft palate
- Missing limbs
- Placental problems
- Breech positioning
The purpose of an ultrasound is to diagnose. This fascinating tool is easy to use and extremely reliable when diagnosing several conditions and illnesses. Although, ultrasound is not a reliable resource for dense parts of the body that contain bone or gas.
Ultrasound can be used to diagnose these organs and soft tissue areas:
- Heart and blood vessels
Thirdly, ultrasound can be used to help doctors during surgical procedures. During biopsies especially, doctors can better visualize what areas of the body need to be removed for testing. Ultrasound therapy is also another useful tool for an occupational therapist and is used to treat pain conditions and increase tissue healing.
Types of Ultrasound
Ultrasound is usually performed on the surface of the skin using a transducer, the tool that glides along the body to produce images. However, if a doctor requests to take a closer look, technicians can insert a specific type of transducer into one of the patient’s natural openings. This can be a woman’s vagina, a man’s prostate, or the esophagus.
Advanced ultrasound technology:
- 3D ultrasounds show dimension to the image.
- 4D ultrasounds are a 3D moving images.
- Doppler is used for capturing images of blood flow through vessels.
- Bone sonography is used for diagnosing osteoporosis.
- Echocardiograms are used for the heart.
During an Ultrasound
Depending on the condition your doctor suspects you to have, your ultrasound experience will vary. However, the most common kind of ultrasound is performed on the surface of the skin, is completely painless, and is a very swift procedure.
Usually, an ultrasound technician can easily access the affected area, very rarely will you have to remove clothing. Once the tech applies a water-based gel, she will use a transducer to glide across the skin while analyzing the screen for images. An ultrasound can last from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Ultrasound is one of the many tools available to doctors when trying to diagnose patients. Fortunately, we perform ultrasounds at our office in Hialeah. If you or a loved one needs to have an ultrasound done, look no further! We accept all insurances and are available to take care of you. Give us a call to request an appointment. (305) 823-2433
July 24, 2018 4:22 pm
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