Ultrasound

Definition of Ultrasound:

Ultrasound testing uses sound waves projected into the body to produce an image of internal organs, structures, tumors, etc.  In this procedure, a gel is applied to the patient's skin, and a small device that emits ultrasonic pulses is slowly passed over the area.  The sonic image produced is viewed on a monitor.

Topics Related to Ultrasound

Adenomyosis

...the condition
“...(a dyelike material that is visible on X-ray); MRI with contrast medium that can often distinguish adenomyosis from fibroids (although its cost precludes its routine use); and a transvaginal ultrasound, which can provide an accurate diagnosis but, like MRI, can also yield false positives especially in the presence of fibroids...”

Appendicitis

...recommendation Surgery
“...A 2002 study published in the journal Radiology found that among women who had a CT scan or ultrasound prior to having an appendectomy, a healthy appendix was removed just 7% of the time, compared with 28% of the time when no scan was done...”
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Ascites

...the condition
“...Smaller amounts may be detected with an ultrasound scan of the abdomen, and are occasionally found by accident during an ultrasound or CT scan that is being performed for other reasons...”

Atherosclerosis

...the condition
“...Ultrasound or computed tomography (CT scan) can help to locate the presence and measure the extent of decreased blood flow...”

Bile Duct Cancer

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: In addition to a complete medical history and medical examination, diagnostic procedures for bile duct cancer may include ... Ultrasound – high-frequency sound waves create an image of the internal organs...”

Biopsy

...related topic
“...A fine-needle aspiration biopsy involves inserting a thin needle to remove a small amount of tissue, sometimes using CT or ultrasound to guide the needle...”

Breast Cancer

...our question about Nipple discharge from pores
“...If the discharge is bloodstained, or it is emerging from just one pore, your doctor will refer you to a hospital clinic for tests (such as ultrasound, mammography and looking at the discharge under the microscope) to make sure that breast cancer is not responsible...”

Budd-Chiari Syndrome

...the condition
“...Physical examination may find that the liver is enlarged; further testing may include ... Ultrasound (to show liver enlargement, an irregular pattern of veins in the liver, or other abnormalities)...”

Bulimic Tendency

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: It has been found that most bulimic patients have abnormal ovarian morphology on ultrasound...”

Carotid Artery Disease

...the condition
“...An ultrasound test is used to create pictures of the blockage and to measure the amount of blood flowing through the artery...”
...our question about Hearing blood rushing in the ears
“...However, an ultrasound will rule out possible narrowing (stenosis) of the artery since this is something that should be followed/fixed depending on the severity...”

Cervical Arthritis

...the condition
“...Your physician may recommend ultrasound or whirlpool treatments...”

Check Circulation

...as a treatment
“...In Doppler testing, an inflatable blood pressure cuff is placed around the leg or ankle while an ultrasound probe tracks the blood flow...”

Choroidal Hemangioma

...the condition
“..." Ultrasound can also be used to examine the inside of the eye...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...If a liver examination is necessary, the doctor might order a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, ultrasound, a scan of the liver using a radioisotope, or look at the liver using a laparoscope...”

Concern Over Wrinkled Skin

...the condition
“...Ultrasound and X-rays reveal that dermal thickness increases until age 20, then declines progressively, losing approximately 20% of its peak thickness, says Sheldon Pinnell, MD, who teaches...”

Cysts

...the condition
“...Other internal cysts, such as those in the kidneys or the liver, may go unnoticed until an imaging scan (X-ray, MRI scan, CAT scan, ultrasound) detects them...”

Diarrhea

...the condition
“...Ultrasound examination and abdominal CT scan have a limited role in the evaluation of chronic diarrhea...”

Doppler Ultrasound

...related topic
“A form of ultrasound (measurement of high-frequency sound waves that are reflected off of tissues) that can detect and measure blood flow and pressure...”

Endometrial Polyps

...the condition
“...A regular ultrasound (also called a sonogram) usually does not diagnose polyps, because the pressure inside the uterus flattens the polyps, making them very hard to see...”

Enlarged Spleen

...the condition
“...Blood tests such as a CBC; Ultrasound; Abdominal film or CT scan; Bone marrow biopsy; Other tests to check for underlying disorders...”

Fatty Liver

...the condition
“...An ultrasound or abdominal CT scan may also be performed to evaluate your liver...”

Fecal Impaction

...the condition
“...Once fecal impaction is suspected, an ultrasound, sigmoidoscopy or barium enema may be used to obtain a better view of the colon and rectum...”

Gallbladder Cancer

...the condition
“...Imaging tests (X-ray, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, cholangiogram, angiogram) can show suspicious growths such as cancer, blockage, narrowing or dilation of ducts, as well as whether it has spread...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“...Ultrasound or other imaging techniques easily find gallstones...”
...recommendation Ultrasound Imaging
Ultrasound, the diagnostic method most frequently used to detect gallstones, is a simple, rapid, and noninvasive imaging technique...”

Hirsutism

...the condition
“...Decreased breast size; Male-pattern baldness (in a woman); Deepened voice; Increased size of clitoris; High blood pressure; Enlarged adrenal glands; Enlarged ovaries; Diagnosis and Tests: An ultrasound examination of the ovaries may be necessary as one common cause of hirsutism is polycystic ovaries...”

Hot Applications (Thermotherapy)

...as a treatment
“...Deep heating modalities include microwave diathermy, shortwave diathermy, and ultrasound...”

Hypersplenism

...the condition
“...X-ray studies, such as ultrasound and computed tomography scan (CT scan), may help diagnose an enlarged spleen and possible underlying causes, such as tumors...”

Intermittent Claudication

...the condition
“...Conventional medicine uses doppler studies (a specialized ultrasound test) and transcutaneous oxygen pressure measurements to evaluate blood flow...”

Intussusception

...the condition
“...Further testing may include abdominal ultrasound (accurate, no risk of radiation) or X-ray, and air enema or contrast enema...”
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Kidney Cancer

...the condition
“...These tests include ... Ultrasound...”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...(shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or choking); Severe abdominal pain; Vomiting; Diagnosis and Tests: A diagnostic workup generally includes several of the following: Abdominal ultrasound; Abdominal CT scan or MRI; Complete blood count; Liver abscess aspiration (verifies bacterial infection); Liver scan; Liver function tests; Blood test; Stool test; Treatment and Prevention...”

Liver Cancer

...the condition
“...Ultrasound test – The ultrasound device creates a picture (sonogram) of the liver and other organs in the abdomen...”

Male Breast Cancer

...the condition
“...Because the condition is so rare, general screening by mammography, ultrasound, or other methods is not recommended...”

Mitral Valve Prolapse

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: Heart murmurs can be diagnosed with echocardiography which uses ultrasound to create a picture of the chambers of the heart...”

Osteomyelitis

...the condition
“...X-rays, bone scans, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound are imaging techniques that can help identify the site of bone changes caused by osteomyelitis...”

Ovarian Cysts

...the condition
“...Those cysts that have not caused pain are usually found during gynecologic exam or ultrasound...”

Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

...the condition
“...On physical exam and/or ultrasound, if everything is normal, the doctor might recommend prostaglandin-inhibiting medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen...”

Pancreatitis

...the condition
“...Ultrasound imaging is often used to detect duct-blocking gallstones...”

Peripheral Vascular Disease

...the condition
“...Radiologic imaging techniques including Doppler ultrasound, Duplex ultrasound, and MRI angiography are used to help diagnose peripheral vascular disease...”

Physical Therapy

...as a treatment
“...Physical therapy often involves the use of modalities which include properties of heat, cold, air, light, water, electricity, ultrasound and traction...”

Pleurisy

...the condition
“...If only a small amount of fluid is present, your doctor may insert the needle with the help of ultrasound over the site of the fluid...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: A doctor diagnoses polycystic ovary disease with tests and exams including the patient's medical history, a physical exam, blood tests to check hormone levels and an ultrasound...”
...recommendation Ultrasound Imaging
“An ultrasound examination of the ovaries may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...the condition
“...Ultrasound treatment uses mechanical vibration delivered at a frequency above the range of human hearing...”

Prolotherapy

...as a treatment
“...Medications and other forms of passive treatment such as ultrasound, ice, heat, massage, acupuncture and manipulation may give minimal lasting benefits because the primary problem is not being addressed, namely the loose and injured ligaments...”

Prostate Cancer

...the condition
“...A biopsy involves passing an ultrasound probe into the rectum to give an accurate view of the prostate...”

Pyelonephritis

...the condition
“...The patient is usually sent for an ultrasound scan or an X-ray of the kidneys...”

Small Intestine Cancer

...the condition
“...Upper GI tract endoscopy may be useful in detecting areas of concern in the immediate upper GI tract, and a CT scan of the abdomen or an abdominal ultrasound may help to visualize bulky tumors and to rule out any spread of the cancer to adjacent lymph nodes and distant organs such as the liver...”

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

...the condition
“...In about half of all presenting cases, laboratory testing or imaging (blood test, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRCP) will suggest a definite abnormality such as a bile duct stone...”

Steatorrhea

...the condition
“...In order to confirm the presence of pancreatic disease, a structural abnormality in the pancreas is sought by abdominal X-ray (calcification), ultrasound, CT scan, or ERCP...”

Stomach Cancer

...the condition
“...This includes the following ... Scans – discovering if or how far the cancer has spread (staging) may involve scans, including ultrasound, CT or MRI to look at the stomach, liver and lymph nodes...”

Subphrenic Abscess

...the condition
“...Other useful diagnostic tests include ultrasound for a right-sided subphrenic abscess and a CT scan for a left-sided subphrenic abscess...”

Test Estrogen Level

...as a treatment
“...Other blood tests and fetal ultrasound may be done also...”

Test Serum Uric Acid Levels

...as a treatment
“...Their presence must be diagnosed by ultrasound for this reason...”

Testicular Cancer

...the condition
“...Imaging techniques such as ultrasound can help indicate possible tumors...”

Thyroid Cancer

...the condition
“...An ultrasound scan to look at the thyroid and neck and determine whether there are lots of lumps or just one, and whether the lumps are solid or filled with fluid (cysts)...”

Trichotillomania

...the condition
“...Trichobezoars can be diagnosed by using special upper gastrointestinal X-rays, looking into the stomach with an endoscope, or using ultrasound...”

Ultrasound Imaging

...as a treatment
“Alternative Names: Ultrasonography, Sonography, Echocardiography, Doppler Echocardiography, Ultrasound is a safe and painless diagnostic medical procedure used to produce images of structures within the human body, using high-frequency (ultrasonic) sound waves...”

Ultrasound Therapy

...as a treatment
Ultrasound is used for many medical applications, most commonly to produces images of inside of the body...”
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