The advantages of ultrasound testing are manifold compared to other imaging categories.

Ultrasound is often the best way to image a variety of clinical problems. ultrasound doesn’t use ionizing radiation, so it’s much safer than other imaging modalities such as x-rays or CT scans. ultrasound images are live, so the ultrasound technologist or physician can see how the patient’s organs are functioning in real-time.

Ultrasound can be used to image blood flow and cardiac function, which is very useful in situations where cardiac stress testing is not possible. ultrasound is also very good at imaging soft tissue, making it ideal for imaging the brain, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. ultrasound has relatively few side effects and is relatively inexpensive compared to other imaging modalities, making it a very attractive option for patients and physicians alike.

Ultrasound Benefits

– It’s much safer as it removes ionizing radiation from the process of testing.
– Identifies lesions in females with thick breast tissue. This is usually difficult to recognize with the help of mammography.
– An apparent image of soft tissue is produced which is normally hidden in x-ray images.

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How does ultrasound function?

Ultrasound is a sound wave with a frequency above the audible range for humans. ultrasound is used in many different fields, including medicine, veterinary medicine, sonar, and nondestructive testing. ultrasound is transmitted through the body using a transducer, which converts electrical energy into ultrasound waves. When the waves hit an object, they bounce back and are detected by the transducer.

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Some things you need to inform the technician prior to getting the X-ray done:

When making an appointment for an ultrasound, it is important to inform the technician of any relevant medical history. This includes specifying the reason for the ultrasound, as well as any previous ultrasound results. In addition, patients should let the technician know if they are pregnant or have any metal implants. By providing this information upfront, patients can help to ensure that the ultrasound is performed accurately and safely.

What does our customer say about us?

I had an appointment today for ultrasound and x-ray.Everyone I dealt with was polite , professional and pleasant. COVID protocols were followed and the offices were very clean.

Anita O'connell

Excellent service. Carona is so friendly at the reception desk. Made my day. I would always go to this clinic from now on. Both my xray and mammogram were done very professionally.

K Niko

Neck Ultrasound

Your doctor would order an ultrasound of the neck if he or she suspects a problem or a developing condition in your carotid arteries, lymph nodes, or thyroid.

When examining the carotid arteries, a neck ultrasound:

  • Can detect blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, which can indicate an increased risk of stroke.
  • Can help a physician determine what kind of treatment is needed to lower the risk of stroke.

Ultrasound is also used to observe the lymph nodes to:

  • Help determine the stage (extent) of lymphoma.
  • Help show if treatment is working.
  • Look for possible signs of lymphoma coming back after treatment.

When evaluating the thyroid gland, ultrasound is performed to look for nodules, growths, or tumors to inform doctors by:

  • Confirming that a lump in the neck is developing from the thyroid or connected tissue.
  • Detecting thyroid nodules that require a biopsy. If a biopsy is needed,ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration is performed to remove tissue or fluid from the nodule to be checked for cancer
  • Looking for more nodules in people with one or more nodules felt during a physical exam.
  • Observing the growth of a thyroid nodule to ensure it does not grow to a painful size or begin to bleed.

Obstetrical ultrasound

Obstetrical ultrasound provides pictures of an embryo or fetus within a woman’s uterus, as well as the mother’s uterus and ovaries. A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of an obstetrical ultrasound examination. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates the movement of materials in the body.

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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

  • An imaging procedure that allows doctors to see muscles, joints, and more
  • For diagnosing muscle tears/strains, nerves, and arthritis
  • Physical therapy or injection of medicine may be the next step
  • Involves radiology and center for musculoskeletal care

Exercise Stress Test

A stress test, also called an exercise stress test, shows how your heart works during physical activity. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster, an exercise stress test can reveal problems with blood flow within your heart.

A stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Or you’ll receive a drug that mimics the effects of exercise.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram captures images of your heart by utilizing sound waves. Your physician may examine your heart performing and pumping blood using an echocardiogram. Your echocardiogram might reveal signs of a heart condition.

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Electrocardiogram

A heart-monitoring device that records your heartbeat continuously for up to three years is known as an implantable loop recorder. Your doctor may use this device to monitor your heartbeat remotely while you carry out your normal activities.

Your doctor may suggest an echocardiogram to:

  • Check for problems with the valves or chambers of your heart
  • Check if heart problems are the cause of symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Detect congenital heart defects before birth (fetal echocardiogram)

Holter Moniter

Holter monitoring is usually used to diagnose heart rhythm disturbances, specifically to find the cause of palpitations or dizziness.

You wear a small recording device, called a Holter monitor, which is connected to small metal disks (called electrodes) that are placed on your chest to get a reading of your heart rate and rhythm over a 24-hour period or longer. Your heart’s rhythm is transmitted and recorded on a tape, then played back into a computer so it can be analyzed to find out what is causing your arrhythmia. Some monitors let you push a record button to capture a rhythm as soon as you feel any symptoms.

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Yes, you will need a requisition from your doctor or nurse practitioner for all examinations.

If you have time to prepare before the exam, we ask that you shower, refrain from wearing scented products (due to patients and employees with allergies) and wear clothing that is easily removed if necessary. T-shirts with no heavy appliqué and elastic waist pants or shorts are ideal and in many cases these can be x-rayed through. You may be asked to remove items that may interfere with the exam such as earrings, necklaces, glasses, dentures (upper spine), belly button rings (lower spine), nylons, tensor bandages, and splints (unless otherwise advised by your doctor). It is recommended that you leave valuables at home as the clinics do not have a secure location to store these items.

You should not have an x-ray during the first trimester of your pregnancy. If your doctor approves an x-ray during your pregnancy this will be indicated on your requisition and lead shielding can be applied to your abdominal region.

We request that you do not bring children with you to your exam. To prevent exposure to the radiation they cannot enter the x-ray rooms with you. Because our staff needs to focus on other patients they are not able to supervise children in the waiting room. Please arrange to leave the children at home or to bring another adult to watch them in the waiting room.

General exams can range from 10 minutes in length (finger) to 45 minutes (complete spine or skeletal survey).

Our technologists are registered and are specially trained to perform your exam, but only radiologists are qualified to interpret your results. For this reason, our technologists cannot discuss what they see with you.

You have the option to purchase a CD of your images. Please ask the receptionist about the fee and processing time for this service.

Your results are reviewed first by the radiologist and the report is usually faxed to your doctor by the end of the day. Urgent results will be phoned or faxed to your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor also has the option to view your results online.