Ultrasound Testing Los Angeles
Our center is equipped with one of the latest ultrasounds on the market. We are able to perform a variety of ultrasound scans and ultrasound tests such as ultrasound scans of the thyroid, carotid arteries , aorta, heart, abdomen, kidneys, gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas, testes, breasts, prostate, baby, veins and more. We also perform IMT measurements (Intima media thickness measurement of the carotid artery, a preview of plaque buildup in the coronary arteries) as well as perform screening ultrasound of the different organs in the body. Our screening ultrasound testing as well as diagnostic ultrasound testing is performed for early diagnosis of cancer and heart disease as well as diagnosing and evaluating masses and other abnormalities.
A experienced ultrasound technician performs all ultrasounds in the office and the images are then sent to an experienced radiologist to read.
What is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan, which is also commonly known as a diagnostic sonography, sonogram and ultrasonography, is an apparatus that uses high frequency sound waves to generate an image of a particular fragment within the body. Precise sites for an ultrasound exam would be blood vessels, the heart, liver, prostate, pelvis, breast, pancreas, testes, thyroid, gallbladder, carotids, joints, muscles, kidneys, testicles, aorta, fetus and tendons to document several dimensions of its structure and any neurotic abrasions with real time tomographic images. Ultrasound is used to generate images of the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. Research has shown that sound waves are safer to use than radiation. For instance, to check the fetus in the womb effectively while simultaneously protecting the fetus, an obstetric ultrasound exam is habitually used.
Why is An Ultrasound Performed?
Undergoing an ultrasound may be for a variety of reasons. Ultrasound may be used for the following (but are not limited to):
- Assess the thyroid gland
- Detect gallbladder disease
- Diagnose several forms of infection or cancer
- Evaluate anomalies of the muscles and tendons
- Evaluate a lump in the breast
- Evaluate the health of a fetus in the womb
- Evaluate flow in blood vessels
- Observe the heart
- Expose irregularities in the genitalia and prostate
Ultrasounds performed in our office
- Pregnancy ultrasound or baby ultrasound
- Kidney or renal ultrasound
- 2d echo or heart ultrasound
- Thyroid ultrasound
- Carotid ultrasound
- Gender ultrasound
- Abdomnial ultrasound
- Prostate ultrasound
- Intravaginal ultrasound
- Venous ultrasound
- Venous insufficiency ultrasound
- Soft tissue ultrasound
- Joint ultrasound
- Liver ultrasound
- Pancreas ultrasound
- Gallbladder ultrasound
- Spleen ultrasound
- and more
How Is An Ultrasound Performed?
An ultrasound machine creates images, allowing different organs in the body to be inspected. The instrument directs high-frequency sound waves, reflecting off body structures. A computer then obtains these replicated waves and uses them to generate a picture. A CT scan or an x-ray associate with ionized radiation exposure, whereas the ultrasound exams do not.
The patient undergoing an ultrasound is usually lying in supine (a position of the body: lying down on the back with the face up). To help with the transmission of the sound waves, a clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the area being examined. A transducer, which is a hand-held probe, is moved over the area being examined. The patient may be asked to change position so that other areas can be examined.
How To Prepare for the Test?
Preparation for the procedure will depend on the body region being examined. For instance, a patient schedule for an abdominal ultrasound may be instructed to not eat or drink for several hours before the exam.
What Can Be Diagnosed With an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound scans are used to help diagnose maladies in numerous expanses of the body, including:
- Blood vessels (Stenosis and plaques or narrowing)
- Breasts (evaluate for lumps or diagnose breast cancer or breast tumor)
- Gallbladder (gallstones)
- Joints (injections)
- Ligaments (injury)
- Liver (cirrhosis or evaluate for nodules or cancer)
- Ovaries (ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer)
- Testes (evaluate for testicular cancer or mass)
- Thyroid gland (evaluate nodules and for biopsy of nodules)
For example, it can assist in detecting whether a lump in one of these organs is a cyst or a tumor.
Normal And Abnormal Results?
When the scan is complete, the ultrasound-tech and a radiologist generally observe the ultrasound images on film or on a computer monitor. The radiologist examines the images and sends a report of the findings to your doctor. If the ultrasound exam is for an imperative medical disorder, the doctor will receive the results immediately. Otherwise, the patient will receive their results within a few days after it is read officially by a radiologist.
In Home Ultrasound
Depending on your location we can have an ultrasound technician with a portable ultrasound perform an ultrasound at your desired location. Most ultrasound tests can be scheduled and performed at your home. Please call us at 877-760-3570 for more information.