Ultrasound scans can be invaluable for diagnosing the causes of symptoms like abdominal pain. At Tru Medical Management’s offices in the Navy Hill and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, patients benefit from convenient on-site access to ultrasound facilities, ensuring a faster diagnosis and treatment. To find out more about ultrasound scans, call the Tru Medical Management office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Ultrasound (also known as sonography) is a technology that generates moving images of your internal organs and tissues to help with symptom diagnosis and disease evaluation.
The ultrasound machine releases sound waves through a transducer (a hand-held, wand-like device) at a frequency so high human ears can’t hear them. The sound waves echo back from your soft tissues as the transducer passes over your skin, returning to the ultrasound machine’s software for interpretation.
The ultrasound technician views the images on a monitor in the exam room and relays the information to your provider.
When asked about ultrasound, most people think of pictures of babies in the womb, but the technology has many other uses. At Tru Medical Management, they primarily use ultrasound for diagnostic purposes.
Your provider might order an ultrasound if you have abdominal pain or other symptoms that indicate a disorder of the internal organs. After completing a physical exam and identifying a possible cause for your symptoms, they use ultrasound to confirm their diagnosis and rule out other conditions.
Ultrasounds are noninvasive and don’t usually require any special preparation, although you might need to have a full bladder for some scans. Ultrasounds aren’t painful, so you won’t need any anesthetic or sedative. The only sensation might be pressure if the technician needs to press down on a particular area for a clearer view.
You lie on a treatment table in the exam room for your ultrasound procedure. The ultrasound technician or sonographer spreads slippery gel on your abdomen that helps the transducer to slide smoothly over your skin and improves the results.
You can see the images on the technician’s screen; however, they might not mean much to you. The technician can explain anything you’d like to know about the procedure or the images. When the ultrasound scan is complete, the technician wipes away the gel, and you can go. Your provider will discuss the results with you and any further steps or treatments needed.
To find out more about ultrasounds and how they help diagnose your symptoms, call Tru Medical Management today. You can also go online to request an appointment.