Ultrasound is known to be a safer method for viewing the inside of various parts of a patient's body without the risk that comes with using radiation. It's not sufficient in all cases but can be dependably used for functions such as viewing a developing baby inside its mother, assessing blood flow, or determining the causes for swelling and pain.
At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, our team of fellowship-trained, board-certified radiologists are leaders of the industry in ultrasound imaging as well as many other diagnostic imaging modalities. Our facility isn't affiliated with a hospital, so we can offer a wider range of imaging procedures at a lower price than our patients can find at nearly any other imaging location. Here's an overview of our ultrasound imaging services.
Greatly associated with imaging a developing fetus inside the uterus of its mother, ultrasound technology uses sonography (sound waves) and a hand-guided transducer on the skin to create an image of internal structures of the body. High-frequency sound waves travel through the body to observe the movement of blood and produce images of what's inside in a way that's gentle, non-invasive, and useful in determining the causes for swelling and infection inside the body.
Ultrasounds are typically the first images doctors will request when a patient with symptoms of pain and swelling. Although ultrasound images are not as detailed as those of a CT scan or MRI, ultrasound technology can produce a comprehensive look at internal tissue and help greatly in the process of diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions without the use of potentially harmful radiation over a large area. For this reason, ultrasounds can be used to examine a wide range of body areas, such as:
- The reproductive system (e.g., the uterus, ovaries, scrotum, and testes)
- Organs of the chest (e.g., the heart and lungs)
- Organs of the abdomen (e.g., the gallbladder, spleen, liver, pancreas, and kidneys)
- The excretory system (e.g., the urinary bladder)
- The endocrine system (e.g., the thyroid gland)
- It has a particularly important role in breast imaging. Breast Ultrasound in the test most often ordered in the mammogram is abnormal to further resolve the abnormality that is seen on the mammogram. It helps differentiate a mass seen on mammogram to a cyst, fibroadenoma and breast cancer. It is also used for guiding a breast biopsy.
The non-invasive nature of ultrasound imaging allows radiologists to get a picture of various functional organ groups without worrying about over-exposure to radiation.
Another way that we use ultrasounds to get a clearer image of the entire body is through a process called a vascular ultrasound. Ultrasound scans of blood vessels allow doctors to see a snapshot of blood flow and determine if there are any major blockages in the circulatory system. One of the main tools used in a vascular exam is called a Doppler ultrasound, which allows doctors to measure the rate of blood flow through specific vessels to evaluate healthy blood flow to various internal organs.
Vascular ultrasound has a broad range of uses, including identifying enlarged arteries to assess the risk of aneurysm and detecting dangerous blood clots in the arms and legs.
At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, we understand that you want the best care at a price that won't bankrupt you. We're proud to offer the best ultrasound and other imaging services for a fraction of the price that you'd find at a hospital-run facility. For more information, contact us today.