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Get the Inside Scoop on Your Healthcare with Ultrasound Imaging!
Ultrasound, also called sonography, produces ultrasound image to show what is going on in the body, organs, and soft tissue using sound waves.””
Why might you need to get a local ultrasound done?
Ultrasounds, because they image soft tissue using sound, reveal many different conditions than an X-ray does. X-rays use light and radium to reveal the structure of hard surfaces, including our bones. But they are limited! X-rays are wonderful, but they cannot see all the things going on in your body that an ultrasound can. While getting an X-ray exposes you to radiation, ultrasounds do not. Ultrasound imaging is also far less costly than getting an MRI or CAT scan, so it’s often a first step before those more expensive testing options.
What are some of the reasons your doctor will recommend an ultrasound?
Sonography / fetal imaging during pregnancy is one of the most common uses of ultrasound technology. An ultrasound can see inside your uterus and create images of your developing fetus. As your pregnancy progresses, sonography will be able to tell if your fetus is developing in a healthy way, at the right pace, and even let you know what sex the baby is – if you want to know. Ultrasounds can detect abnormalities or problems in fetal development as well. Traditional ultrasounds are two-dimensional, but today, 3D and even 4D ultrasound technology gives greater views into how a pregnancy is developing.
Mammograms screen for breast cancer. Most women over 40 get regular mammograms. Sometimes, your doctor will ask for an ultrasound as a complement to the mammogram. The ultrasound is not as good as a mammogram at detecting early signs of breast cancer, but it can determine if an object detected by a mammogram is a solid tumor, a cyst filled with fluid or a lymph node. That can help determine if a biopsy is needed as a next step.
An ultrasound after a mammogram is fairly common and should not be a cause for concern, especially after a first mammogram; the ultrasound can help the doctor establish a baseline that helps detect changes in future mammogram images.
Blood clots or circulatory system blockages can be detected by ultrasound. Sometimes they are used for post-operative care to make sure that blood flow has returned to normal after a surgical procedure.
Abdominal pain can be diagnosed by ultrasound. When you have pain, swelling or bloating without a distinct cause like a virus or food poisoning, your doctor may request an ultrasound of your abdomen. With an ultrasound, your doctor can see your kidneys, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen and all the related blood vessels to help diagnose your problem. Blocked gall bladder ducts, for example, can be detected by an ultrasound.
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound that is done on your chest to determine how well your heart is pumping. The ultrasound will tell your doctor how large your heart is and if there are any problems with your heart valves.
Your provider at Urgent Care 24/7 may recommend an ultrasound in order to diagnose a condition or health emergency when you come in with an emergency or urgent need OR if your regular visit shows a need for further diagnostic testing. If you have a need for an ultrasound from another physician, you can get that testing done by our caring professionals without needing an appointment or a referral.
Don’t wait to find out what’s going on under the surface! When you need an ultrasound, come to Urgent Care 24/7 and get answer right away!