Diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. These images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. Mostly known for prenatal diagnostics, ultrasound is a safe, radiation free way to look inside the body and evaluate structures.
During the procedure, a gel is applied to your skin over the area being examined. This helps prevent air pockets, which can block the sound waves that create the images. Your physician will then press the small hand held device against the area under observation and move it as required to capture the images. These images can then be studied by your GP to identify any abnormalities or used as a guide to obtain a biopsy.
Ultrasound can be used to examine many areas of the body including: breasts, the abdomen, pelvis, urinary tract, muscles and tendons, neck, thyroid, testicles and prostate. It is highly recommended for women with dense breasts where a mammography is not as effective, as it helps to determine whether nodules are solid or liquid.
At Reisbeck Medical we offer the following ultrasound diagnostics:
This is the most common form of ultrasound and is used to examine the inner organs (liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder and bile ducts. It is also used for screening for cancer and aortic aneurysm.
Also know as echocardiogram. This is used to examine all of the heart’s structures, chambers, valves and vessels. A complete study can provide information about the size, shape and strength of the heart, how well the heart valve is functioning, information on the thickness and movement of the walls of the heart and blood velocity in the heart chambers. From this we can identify previous heart attacks, valvular problems, even the long-term effect of high blood pressure.
This is used to examine the thyroid for abnormalities, including cysts, nodules and tumors. Your doctor may request a thyroid ultrasound if your thyroid function test is abnormal or if your doctor finds a growth on your neck that is cause for concern. An ultrasound can also check an underactive or overactive thyroid gland.
This is used to evaluate arteries or veins, including blood vessels in the neck (carotids), abdomen, arms and legs. It can be performed to evaluate the blood flow in arteries and veins, detect blood clots in the vein (DVT- deep vein thrombosis), identify narrowing of the arteries, confirm chronic venous insufficiency and evaluate patients after a vascular procedure, such as a bypass or stent placement.