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Ultrasounds Made Easy
At Pure Mammography, we offer more than just mammograms. We are proud to offer ultrasounds in our spa setting just for women.
Ultrasounds available include:
- Screening Breast Ultrasound
- Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound (Bilateral, RT, LT)
- Pelvic Ultrasound (TA/TV)
- Thyroid Ultrasound
- Abdomen Ultrasound (Complete)
- Venous Duplex US Lower Extremity (Bilateral, RT, LT)
- Peripheral Soft Tissue
What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging uses the principles of sonar. Sound waves bounce off, or echo, off of objects. Ultrasound sends sound waves into the body to echo off organs or other structures. The echo waves are measured, providing information regarding the organ’s or object’s shape, size, and consistency (whether it is a solid mass or fluid-filled). An ultrasound can detect changes in the appearance of tissues and organs and also detect unusual masses, such as cysts or tumors.
This test is commonly used to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment management for various conditions. We often recognize ultrasound as the imaging that is performed on pregnant women to gain vital information on their fetuses. However, there are several instances in which this method of screening is valuable. In addition to pregnancy ultrasounds, doctors may order ultrasound screening on the:
- Uterus and/or ovaries
- Thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Abdominal aorta, heart, and blood vessels
Ultrasounds are non-invasive and painless. No radiation is used, as is common in x-rays. The real-time capture of ultrasound can show the body in motion, such as blood flowing through various vessels.
What Are the Different Types of Ultrasounds?
There are several different forms of ultrasound imaging performed today. Examples include:
- Pelvic ultrasound imaging
- Abdominal ultrasounds
- Obstetric ultrasounds
- Transvaginal ultrasounds
- Carotid ultrasound
- Aortic ultrasound
- Venous ultrasound
At PURE Mammography, we perform a number of the most common ultrasound tests in a comfortable, spa-like environment.
What are the key factors that lead someone to getting an ultrasound?
Doctors employ ultrasound imaging in diagnosing a wide variety of conditions affecting the soft tissues and organs of the body, including the liver, blood vessels, ovaries, uterus, heart, bladder, kidneys, and more. Imaging is typically requested after a patient presents with particular symptoms, such as ongoing abdominal pain and bloating. Patients can expect their doctors to explain their reasoning for recommending ultrasound imaging, and to answer the questions they have about their potential diagnosis.
Is there required candidacy for receiving an ultrasound?
The nature of ultrasound screenings make this test appropriate for nearly anyone. Doctors are aware of the limitations of various imaging modalities and make requests accordingly. For example, ultrasound is not particularly good at viewing bones or areas with a lot of air, so a doctor is unlikely to order ultrasound imaging to diagnose a fracture or to view the lungs.
How is an ultrasound performed?
During an ultrasound, the trained technician uses a transducer, a small handpiece, to send sound waves toward a part of the body. A warm gel is applied to the skin to allow the transducer to glide as needed across the surface. The small pulses of sound wave energy are sent silently and painlessly into the body. As these waves bounce off internal organs, tissues, and fluids, echoes are recorded and measured. The image produced by these measurements is instantly displayed on a computer monitor. The technician captures one or more frames from the moving image. Short video loops can also be saved for further observation.
Patients undergo ultrasound imaging while lying face-up on an exam table. The body may be positioned for access to one side or the other. The table may also be tilted or turned if necessary. Once the patient is positioned, the sonographer applies the gel to the skin and moves the transducer through it to make secure contact with the body. The transducer is pressed relatively firmly against the body. This should not be painful but can feel slightly uncomfortable. To capture video and images, the sonographer moves the transducer back and forth over the area of interest.
Are there any risks associated with Ultrasounds?
People often have concerns about the radiation exposure that may occur during diagnostic imaging. Modern technology has significantly reduced the amount of radiation needed to obtain accurate images of various parts of the body. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation at all. This screening observes organs and structures using ultrasound waves. It is a frequently-used modality that doctors have relied on for many years.
How much does an ultrasound cost?
The cost of ultrasound may be determined by the area of imaging, the extent of imaging, and the use of contrast dye or other special techniques. Our staff can provide detailed information for you at the time of your consultation.
How long does an ultrasound take?
Ultrasound imaging often takes about 30 minutes. More extensive exams can take up to one hour. We inform patients about their test ahead of time so they can allot sufficient space in their day for their visit. After an ultrasound, patients can immediately resume their normal activities.
What questions should I ask during my Ultrasound?
Patients are encouraged to ask any questions they have at the time of their ultrasound. We will do our best to answer them. Some common questions that we get include:
- When should I expect my results?
- What does the ultrasound show? Keep in mind that the ultrasound technologist does not “read” the imaging, a radiologist does. However, if you are interested, the technologist may be able to tell you in general terms how the ultrasound works.
- Do I need to do anything special after the ultrasound?
- What are the next steps after this appointment?
Why choose PURE Mammography for your Ultrasound?
Our imaging center was established around the cornerstones of comfort, convenience, and care. It was built out with the help of a world leader in spa design because we want women to have an experience that feels more caring than clinical. Our team considered every detail of our facility, including the technology that is used to perform necessary tests. PURE Mammography is an ACR-accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence that is known for outstanding radiologists, technicians, and technology.