Ultrasounds: Sounding The Alarm On Your Health

Health & Medical Blog

Ultrasounds aren't just used for pregnancies. In fact, they are used in almost every aspect of medicine to help identify problems with the human body. If you're never had health issues, you wouldn't have a reason to have an ultrasound, but for those who do struggle with chronic conditions, gynecological problems, kidney stones, or other conditions, ultrasounds can save the day. 

Ultrasounds: Safe and Effective

Ultrasounds are safe and effective ways of looking into the body. An ultrasound produces images, usually in black and white, that can be seen in real time. 

Ultrasounds use sound instead of X-rays, making the risk of radiation exposure to the patient nonexistent. With the use of oscillating sound pressure waves, the inside of the body can be mapped, similar to the way a bat uses sound to see in dark caverns. 

Because there is no radiation risk with an ultrasound, it's the go-to method of seeing fetuses, monitoring chronic conditions, and for other medical procedures. 

Ultrasounds: Getting the Right Diagnosis

Getting the right diagnosis for your health condition is important, and ultrasounds can help. Ultrasounds aren't just used on the stomach. They can identify problems with the:

  • Liver
  • Gallbadder
  • Ovaries
  • Uterus
  • Testes
  • Breasts
  • Thyroid
  • Kidneys

and various other organs. On top of that, ultrasounds are capable of helping doctors identify problems in the:

  • Skin
  • Blood vessels
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Joints
  • Eyes

Using an Ultrasound in Unusual Ways

Ultrasounds aren't just used in traditional manners. They can be used in a pinch to help find blood vessels of severely dehydrated patients, or they can be used to guide doctors during particularly difficult biopsies. 

Using an ultrasound alongside a biopsy while also using a CT scan can make it easier for the surgeon to direct the biopsy needle. A needle biopsy is not as invasive as a surgical biopsy, so this type of ultrasound is safer for patients and runs a lower risk of infection. The chance of an infection bad enough to need antibiotics with this procedure is under one in 1,000.

Ultrasounds can also be used together with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and X-rays to break up kidney stones. The X-ray and the ultrasound machines are used to pinpoint the kidney stone, and the ESWL then shocks it, forcing it to be broken down into smaller parts that can be passed in the urine of the patient without as much pain. 

These are a few ways ultrasounds can benefit you, no matter what the issue may be. Contact professionals like those at EVDI Medical Imaging for more information. 


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