Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate real-time images of organs and structures within the body. Ultrasound has wide applications in radiology and is valuable in identifying a variety of diseases and conditions.
Ultrasound enables doctors to diagnose medical conditions and recommend effective treatment.
Ultrasound can be used in the following areas:
Abdominal ultrasounds are used to assess organ structures within the abdomen including the gallbladder, kidneys, liver and spleen. Ultrasounds of the abdomen can also evaluate blood flow in organs. Urinary ultrasounds assess the kidneys and bladder.
Pelvic ultrasounds are used to assist with fertility and overall health of the uterus, ovaries and surrounding areas. Images can be captured in two different ways: trans-abdominally (through the abdomen) and trans-vaginally (through the vaginal canal). Depending on the condition being assessed, either one or both of these methods can be used.
Small part ultrasounds are commonly used to assess the scrotum/testes, thyroid, salivary glands, lymph nodes and hernias. Soft tissue ultrasounds are used to assess lumps, bumps or masses in soft tissues anywhere on the body. These masses are right beneath the skin and may contain fat, fluid, blood or other tissues.
Vascular ultrasounds use Doppler technology to assess the blood flow in arteries and veins. Doppler ultrasounds produce a heartbeat-like sound and allow the technologist to identify blockages and other conditions. Carotid ultrasounds are important tests that can detect narrowing (also known as stenosis) of the carotid arteries. Vascular ultrasounds can be used to assess the blood flow in abdominal organs such as the liver and kidneys.
Breast ultrasounds are painless exams that can image the breast tissue, chest muscles and armpit lymph nodes. This testing is typically performed to further examine any abnormalities in the breasts that have been found during a breast exam or mammogram or to detect other potential issues that may not have been detected through other diagnostic imaging methods. We offer unilateral and bilateral breast ultrasounds.
Cardiac ultrasounds are commonly referred to as echocardiograms. During an echocardiogram (echo) test, heart valves, chambers and walls are examined using Doppler ultrasound to assess heart structure and function, including blood flow through the valve
Our highly trained staff of registered ultrasound technologists will perform your ultrasound. Following your scan, our NB board-certified Radiologists will analyze your ultrasound and prepare a detailed report.
This diagnostic report will be sent to your referring physician and treating clinicians for consultation and review. Your physician will discuss both diagnostic and pathologic assessment findings and the next steps with you.
A hand-held transducer (probe) and gel are placed on the patient’s skin. The probe transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body and receives sound waves reflected off organs and other structures. The gel helps to transmit the sound into the body. The reflected signals are sent to a computer to process. Ultrasound visual images are produced and displayed, showing the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays) and has no known harmful effects. Ultrasound is painless and safe.
Our clinic utilizes the high-performance Siemens S1000 ultrasound system, which provides advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities with an intelligent system interface that streamlines ultrasound exams for patients and clinicians. The Siemens S1000 features powerful imaging capabilities that support a variety of common exams, including abdominal & urinary; gynecological or pelvic; breast; soft tissue; and vascular – carotid and abdominal exams.
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