The Difference Between Different Types of Ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are a very common and popular form of medical imaging. They are painless, offer no risk of radiation and can provide details of the interior of the body without making a single incision. However, there are various kinds of ultrasounds that can be administered for different parts of the body and different kinds of conditions. Knowing the kind of ultrasound one needs is crucial to understanding health conditions.

Most people are aware of ultrasounds in relation to pregnancy. Ultrasounds use sonar power or sound waves in order to create images of the organs and fetuses without having to make incisions or use contrast material. Sound waves reverberate off the organs and bones and the ultrasound machine interprets the change in sound waves and uses computer technology to make an image. Because of the comfort on the part of the patient in concert with the information gleaned for doctors, ultrasounds are now able to do so much more. Ultrasounds can be performed in 3D and 4D, allowing parents to see unborn children’s features and movement in higher, clearer quality than ever before.

Ultrasounds are used for more than just pregnancy. They can determine problems like internal bleeding, thyroid complications, and vascular, reproductive and sexual issues. One of the most interesting forms of ultrasound is a Doppler ultrasound. Most people remember the word “Doppler” from high school science when discussing why it is that you can hear an ambulance coming from far away but once it is right in front of you, the sound dissipates. That kind of sound science can even be applied in a medical sense (but without the loud sirens).

Doppler ultrasound can map the movement of blood through veins in the body. This is extremely useful if there is a possible blockage in the vein. Blood blockages are what causes things like strokes, heart attacks, amputations, and other kinds of problems. The most common places to perform a Doppler ultrasound are at the neck and abdominal arteries leading to and from the brain and heart, mainly the aortic and carotid arteries.

During a carotid Doppler ultrasound, the transducer or ultrasound wand is held against the neck with ultrasound gel to prevent air pockets from forming as sound cannot penetrate the air. Patients report hearing pulse like sounds when the procedure is happening. A carotid Doppler ultrasound differs from other forms of ultrasound because it is measures the direction and speed of blood cells as they move throughout the vessels. The movement causes a change in the pitch of reverberating sound waves. This way doctors can tell if there is a blockage or damage to the vessel that could be detrimental to the healthy blood flow needed in the body.

If you are concerns about cardiovascular health or high blood pressure, consider having one of these ultrasounds performed. If you are aware that you are high risk for heart attack or stroke, having crucial medical information gained from ultrasounds could save your life.

If you have more questions about ultrasounds or would like to schedule an ultrasound appointment, please view our Ultrasound Service Page for more information. You can also schedule an ultrasound appointment with our Request Appointment Tool. If you have more questions or concerns, feel free to contact Doctors Imaging office in Metairie at 504-833-8111 Monday through Friday to speak with a representative.

What to do if Your Child Swallowed an Object

Any parent will tell you that children do not come with instruction manuals. They are curious, messy and sometimes the only way they learn to not do something, is to do it. That is why so often, 911 dispatchers and pediatricians get that frantic call from a parent that their child has swallowed something. If you are an expecting parent or the parent to a curious child, there are a few steps that need to followed.

1. Make Sure They Aren’t Choking

Sometimes when kids swallow things, it can end up in their stomach or in their windpipe. If the child is coughing, grabbing at their throat or having difficulty breathing, that tiny piece might be caught in their windpipe. Only try to grab the object if you can clearly see it in the throat, otherwise you may push it further into the windpipe. If they are showing that they are choking or are overwhelmed, give them the Heimlich Maneuver. Here are instruction manuals for both babies and children that are choking.

2. Try to Determine What the Object Was

We understand, you turned your back for one second and that is all it took for your child to ingest something they weren’t suppose to. Not only are children curious, they are quick. For younger children, using the mouth as an exploratory instrument is pretty standard. See if there are missing pieces and parts around where the child was playing. If it was toxic, like household chemicals or batteries, call your local poison control center. Seek medical attention for sharp, metallic or unknown objects that the child may have ingested.

3. Speak to Your Doctor about Ultrasound or X-ray

Typically speaking, if a child swallows something like coins or toy pieces, they usually pass them on their own. However, sharp objects can sometimes cause painful tearing or bowel movements. That is why Doctors Imaging recommends having your child undergo proper medical imaging procedures in order to determine the condition of internal organs after foreign-body ingestion.

For most children and their parents, swallowing something unintentionally can be a scary moment. That is why medical imaging procedures can be more difficult. Scared children are commonly difficult to maneuver. However, most doctors will recommend having X-rays performed in order to track the foreign object. Not all objects will show up on an xray. Ultrasounds are easier to perform because they do not require the child to be separated from parents and does not expose them to radiation. However, X-rays are really the only fool-proof method available to track a swallowed object if it has material that is visible and even if not visible may show some changes in the airway or in the lungs; and if in the digestive system, may help to make sure it does as little damage as possible on it’s way out of the body. For those parents concerned about radiation exposure, some imaging facilities such as Doctors Imaging in Metairie, now utilize digital X-rays which use the least possible radiation and provide even clearer images.

If you have more questions about digital X-rays, please visit our X-ray Services Page or call a representative at Doctors Imaging in Metairie at 504-883-8111.

Supporting those with Prostate Cancer During No Shave November

Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. Almost 2 million men are considered survivors of prostate cancer and with advances in medical imaging and prevention, hopefully this number will become much more. Although it is occurs in high frequency, it can be treated successfully.

Recently, there have been trends that begin online and with social media promoting support and research for certain conditions. For example, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that took the country by storm in 2014 or making Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and having sport teams and users show their support with pink. Another popular online movement has made November “No Shave November” to show solidarity for those with and surviving prostate cancer. Men across the country go the entire month of November without shaving their facial hair and the results can get pretty incredible. Normally clean-shaven bankers and teachers suddenly look like mountain men in the hopes of bringing more support to finding a cure as well as reminding men to have regular prostate exams.

Prostate exams, like gynecological exams, are a somewhat uncomfortable, but a very necessary part of life. For men, there are two options when having a prostate exam: a simple blood test or a rectal exam. Men can have either option but there are benefits and disadvantages to both. The blood test is less intrusive but it is still possible to miss something critical. While the rectal exam can be extremely uncomfortable, it is also one of the best ways to determine if there is a problem with the prostate.

If a biopsy is necessary, MRI scans should be used for imaging before any needle intervention. A 3.0 T MRI machine is recommended which usually makes it unnecessary to insert an uncomfortable balloon into the patient’s rectum. If a biopsy is performed before the MRI, the MRI will need to be delayed for up to two months in order to reach maximum clarity. Unfortunately, doing it in the proper order is sometimes a problem for insurance companies. Ultrasounds are also occasionally used, but work best during the biopsy portion of testing due to their low tissue resolution.

With regular check-ups and annual prostate exams, the chances of finding prostate cancer in the advanced stages is incredibly rare. When found early, prostate cancer is extremely treatable and has a relatively high survival rate. That is why it is medically imperative that men, especially over the age of 50 or with a family history of prostate cancer, need to have regular prostate exams.

Showing your support of men fighting this condition is noble but be sure that you are practicing what you preach. Make sure that you and your friends are having regular prostate exams and avoiding the dangerous lifestyle choices that can accelerate cancer cell formation like smoking, working unprotected around dangerous chemicals, excessive drinking, or unhealthy nutrition. So stand in solidarity with other men. Ditch the razors and raise awareness for prostate cancer in November with No Shave November.

Doctors Imaging has a ten-year experience in Prostate MRI imaging having performed hundreds of examinations. Need to schedule a medical imaging appointment for your prostate in the Metairie/New Orleans area? Book an appointment online, or by calling 504-883-8111.

Using Ultrasounds to Detect Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

According to a recent article published in the the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, ultrasound technology is helpful at determining Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition doctors classify as a “repetitive strain injury,” meaning that carpal tunnel does not just happen after one injury, but as the result of repeated overuse of the tendons surrounding the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve controls the movement and feelings in the wrist, up through the palms and fingers and when this nerve experiences long-term pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include: definitive wrist pain spreading into the arm, tingling or numb feeling in the fingers and palm, inability to determine temperature in the fingers, and loss of movement in the wrist, palm and fingers. If left untreated, carpal tunnel can cause the muscles in the hand, especially the thumb, to waste away and become less usable. Carpal tunnel syndrome is seen most often in those that work around computers, avid video game players, or those in assembly line employment: sewing, cleaning or packaging.

The traditional way to determine carpal tunnel treatment was through a physical examination called a Tinel test, in which the treating physician applies slight pressure to the median nerve, usually causing a shock of pain through the patient’s hand. There is also the Phalen test where the patient is asked to hold the back of the hands together with arms out for upwards of 2 minutes. If these tests proved to be inconclusive, most doctors will use electrodiagnostic tests by inserting electric shock into the nerve and measuring the speed in which the signal is transmitted. This process begins by inserting a fine needle into the muscle surrounding the median nerve and applying electrodes into the muscle to determine the degree of damage.

Recently however, orthopedic doctors have found that ultrasound technology may be more effective in determining if a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome. Ultrasounds are used to show if the median nerve is experiencing any impairment as a result of arthritis, muscle tears, or tendonitis.  Ultrasound, especially modern digital ultrasounds, had high sensitivity to carpel tunnel in laboratory studies in comparison to the electrodiagnostic testing. In summary “ultrasound was accurate in 89% of cases and electrodiagnostic testing was accurate in 86% of cases” highlighting that the simpler and less expensive ultrasound technology can determine carpal tunnel syndrome.

Ultrasounds use the power of sound waves in order to produce images. Without any invasive properties, shots or radiation, ultrasounds are safe and comfortable to patients in comparison to needles and electric shocks and they offer invaluable information .

At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we use the Phillips digital ultrasound, a state of the art machine that creates clear and concise images for doctors and can help your hand doctor to determine whether medication, physical therapy or surgery is necessary for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. For more information, look through our Ultrasound Page or call us at 504-883-8111 to schedule your ultrasound appointment.

Getting an Ultrasound to Better Diagnose Thyroid Problems

For many people, thyroid problems often go untreated. They differ from other endocrine issues in that the symptoms can imitate fatigue, sleeplessness or the common cold. People can live for years with the symptoms without ever realizing there is an issue. The thyroid is located in the front of the neck, right underneath the Adam’s apple, with two lobes on either side of the neck. It is a crucial part of the body because it releases hormones that are needed for every organ and process in the body. When the thyroid is having difficulty, everything from digestion to mood can be altered.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid is releasing too many hormones into the body. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include an increased appetite accompanied by weight loss, feelings of excitement-heart palpitations, increased heart rate, abnormal perspiration.

Increase in daily bowel movements and the development of a goiter-an enlarged mass in the neck–all are indicative of a thyroid problem.

On the other end of the spectrum, if the thyroid is not producing enough hormones, the body’s functions suffer as well. Hormones are essential for starting, stopping and maintaining the processes of the body–everything from appetite, instincts, even height. If your body is not producing enough hormones, you may notice an increased sensitivity to cold, tingling or “pins and needles” in the hands and fingers. Some notice a reduced heart rate and prominent fatigue as well.

Thyroid problems are common for as many as 20 million Americans, 60% of whom do not even realize their condition. According to the American Thyroid Association, women are 5 to 8 times more likely to develop thyroid problems and leaving thyroid disease undiagnosed can lead to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and infertility. Luckily, determining thyroid problems is relatively easy. Most physicians will recommend having a blood test performed and an ultrasound scan in order to determine the presence of a thyroid disorder.

Ultrasounds use sound waves in order to interpret the inner happenings of the body. They are non-invasive and because ultrasound images can be seen in real-time, physicians use them to guide biopsy needles if needed or to check if the thyroid contains a cyst ot tumor. Ultrasounds cause no pain and there is no risk of radiation exposure either. Many people think that ultrasounds are only used during pregnancy but ultrasounds are one preferred method for many conditions like heart murmurs, prostate complications and internal bleeding.

When examining the thyroid gland, technicians will place the transducer (ultrasound wand) over the thyroid in order to observe its size and shape.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned or are worried that you may be developing thyroid complications, make your ultrasound appointment with Doctors Imaging today by either calling 504-883-3555 or by filling out the Request an Ultrasound Appointment Form in our Ultrasound Section.

Gallbladder pain is a common problem. Learn its symptoms & treatment.

Like its cousin the Appendix, the necessity of the gallbladder is often debated. Many ask “If we can live without it, why do we need it anyways?” Well despite popular belief, the gallbladder is necessary to the function of a body. The gallbladder is a small pouch that is found below the liver and within this pouch, bile is stored. Bile is a fluid that the liver produces in aiding the breakdown of fats and digestion. The liver is a factory but the gallbladder is the storage warehouse, they work together but can be independent.

When the gallbladder is experiencing problems, the rest of the body usually reacts rather quickly. Depending on the severity of their discomfort, gallbladder pain can be symptomatic of a few different conditions.

Gallstones are the most common cause of gallbladder pain. Gallstones occur when bits of cholesterol and others materials in bile combine together and form solid masses. These masses are typically no larger than a pencil eraser but that does not mean they are any less painful. Pregnant women and those who are overweight and losing weight rapidly are more prone to gallstones. For some, the pain comes and goes, but for others it needs immediate treatment.

Another cause of gallbladder pain could be a condition related to gallstones called biliary colic. This occurs when bile leaves the gallbladder through the cystic duct and into the small intestine where it begins to break down the food we eat. However, if there is a gallstones blocking that duct, the body can have a serious reaction. Fever, sweats, constipation and severe abdominal pain are the typical symptoms of this condition. Luckily these episodes usually only last an hour or two.

More severe problems associated with gallstones include cholecystitis or inflamed gallbladder. When there are too many gallstones, a life of excessive drinking, or some infections, the gallbladder can quickly become swollen and irritated. If the condition persists without treatment, bacteria from the intestines can make their way into the gallbladder and lead to infection. If symptoms persist, the gallbladder can eventually rupture and need immediate surgical removal.

Frequent gallstones can lead to chronic gallstone disease. Symptoms can include frequent indigestion, gas, and diarrhea due to the hampered digestive tract. The pain from these conditions can range from the abdominal area and radiate upwards into the back and shoulder areas. Other noticeable symptoms can be painful cramping, unusual swelling of the stomach as well as vomiting and fever.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, medical attention is the best way to discern what kind of treatment you may need. For any gallbladder problem, the first method doctors will commonly go to is using ultrasounds. Ultrasounds are best for determining the presence of gallstones because of the solid nature of stones, they are easily detectable, especially in digital ultrasounds.

Ultrasounds are non-invasive and they can allow doctors to see the problem in real time making them the fastest choice for doctors and the easiest on patients. If doctors want to see more detailed images, they may ask the patient to undergo an MRI with contrast material. The contrast material in an MRI is a non-harmful (unless dealing with kidney dysfunction) but it allows doctors to track the trajectory of the dye through the body, highlighting diseased tissue and blockages.

If you have concerns about gallstones or want to schedule an ultrasound of the gallbladder, call Doctors Imaging at 504-883-8111 or fill out our online appointment form.

The Many Benefits of Ultrasounds for Women

Medical imaging is a service that benefits everyone, whether male or female. But there are those who believe that certain procedures are only available for one kind of patients. A majority of civilians would agree that ultrasound exams are only for women expecting children and while that is their dominant use, there are several other healing and life-saving capabilities that ultrasounds provide.

Ultrasounds use a combination of sound waves and computer technology in order to create the internal images that doctors and patients seek. Ultrasounds are the best form of medical imaging for expectant mothers because ultrasounds are non-invasive and do not have the concern of radiation. Mothers can see their baby’s outline, hear their heartbeat and determine their child’s health. In essence, ultrasounds are a way of providing information and peace of mind to both men and women.

Excluding pregnancy, what other incidents are ultrasounds the preferred method of imaging? Ultrasounds are often used as a preliminary method of imaging. Meaning that when doctors suspect a problem and think that it is an area that the ultrasound will be able to see, because ultrasounds aren’t invasive or have side effects, they will use this method first. Ultrasounds exam the internal organs, tissues and blood flow throughout the body, determining the blood flow through the heart, imaging breast tissue and guiding biopsy needles.

Almost any part of the body can undergo ultrasound exam which makes it a faithful go-to for doctors. Ultrasounds are also the oldest form of medical imaging, having proved its benefits long ago. A major benefit that ultrasounds can provide for women is helping women determine their possibility of heart attack or stroke. Both of these conditions occur when the blood flow to the brain or heart are blocked. By using ultrasound technology, doctors can hear problems like a weak valves, blockages and murmurs. Heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world and the highest killer of women around the world. The best way to combat this statistic, besides better health, diet and exercise, is to have regular scheduled check-ups with your primary care physician. As you get older, your doctor will likely recommend several kinds of tests to determine your cardiac health, so don’t forget to sign up for a cardiac ultrasound.

Even more beneficial, with the advent of digital ultrasounds, patients now have access to high-quality ultrasounds. 3D and 4D ultrasounds allow patients to see their babies or bodies in higher definition and even see movement. The ability to see movement is particularly beneficial for those women concerned with their cardiac health as the movement of blood will be the biggest indicator of that problem.

Doctors Imaging in Metairie has the best technology in ultrasound and for an affordable price working with various insurances. If you have other questions or concerns about scheduling an ultrasound appointment, please contact Doctors Imaging at 504-883-8111 or take a look at our website for more.

Infertility and Medical Imaging: How Can I Be Sure?

Infertility is a difficult condition to deal with whether you are male, female, young or old, rich or poor. It is a condition that affects millions of people across the globe. According to the CDC, there are over 6.7 million women unable to have children and a third of all infertility cases are contributed solely to the male’s ability. Learning that you do not have the ability to have children can be traumatic both physically, mentally and emotionally but thanks to the advances in medical technology, there are ways to identify the root cause of the problem and treatments to help combat the problem if possible.

There are a number of causes that can contribute to fertility difficulties: age, stress, genetics, or health problems. If you having trouble beginning a family, the first place to begin searching for answers should be with medical imaging procedures. By using imaging, you may find possible physical complications or health conditions without a painful or invasive procedure.

The best way to determine a treatment option for infertility would be to examine both the male and female bodies. By using medical imaging, you can perform non-invasive procedures and still get excellent results. The imaging procedures that will offer the most information about your reproductive health are ultrasound procedures. They provide an in-depth look at the reproductive organs and with advent of digital ultrasounds, you and your doctor are better able to determine a possible cause for your infertility.

Ultrasounds use a combination of computer technology and sound waves to transmit the location of internal organs into a digital perspective. By using a transducer, or ultrasound wand, the sound waves bounce off of organs, masses, bones and other structures, are then translated by the computer and provide the parameters for where these structures lie within the body. So if there is something like a cancerous mass in the body, the sound waves will bounce off of it and tell the computer that something is there that shouldn’t be.

For men, an ultrasound of the scrotum and prostate will be the best way to determine if there is a functionality issue in a male’s reproductive ability. A problem in the scrotum could affect the rate of sperm production. Low sperm count can be attributed to a number of causes like genetics, drug or alcohol use, stress, even obesity but if there are not enough sperm reaching an egg, supplements and therapies are available to assist. However, if there is a structural abnormality, no amount of treatment will be effective. Issues like varicocele, or a mass of varicose veins in the spermatic cord, could be hampering sperm production. Usually the problem can take care of itself but if not it can be repaired with surgery.

If your physician determines that the problem is not in the scrotum, they will likely move on to examining the prostate. A prostate ultrasound or MRI can be effective in determining if there is a blockage or the possibility of a problematic mass. A man may have an enlarged prostate that could be indicative of cancer or some type of genetic condition, but it will likely be the cause of any reproductive issues. A pelvic ultrasound is slightly more invasive than the scrotum ultrasound but navigating prostate problem is crucial to male reproductive and general health.

For women, ultrasounds are also the best medical imaging procedure to determine a causation for infertility. There are more factors that go into determine female reproductive capability because they provide the environment that houses the child, whereas men are just provide the sperm. Conditions like tilted or T-shape uteri can contribute to conception difficulty, ovulation failure, scarred ovaries, or follicle problems are just a few factors that may be causing fertility problems. Other causes could be infection in the fallopian tubes, endometriosis, or polycystic ovary disease. Luckily, all can be determined or at the very least inferred based on ultrasound procedures performed. Ultrasounds are painless and non-invasive and yet still provide detailed and crucial information to help couples and physicians plan the right treatment options.

Fertility is a troubling problem for anyone to experience. But because it is so common, there are so many doctors and research facilities trying to find ways to give people the families they desire. But by employing medical imaging procedures, your doctor can determine the right path to take in terms of treatment and counseling and you as the patient can have peace of mind that all efforts are being taken to assist you in your goal of becoming parents.

If you’re in need of medical imaging in the New Orleans or Metairie, Louisiana area, then contact the expert Radiologists at Doctors Imaging. You can call 504-883-8111 for more information, or schedule your appointment with our online form.

Can Men Benefit From Ultrasound Procedures?

Most people assume that ultrasounds are specifically designed for viewing unborn fetuses and other female medical issues. In truth, men can also gain a remarkable amount of benefits from undergoing an ultrasound procedure. The goal of any imaging procedure is to have a clear picture of the examined area so that a physician can make the best treatment choice for a patient. If you are a man and wondering what the advantages could be to having an ultrasound performed, read through and see if you would like to speak to your doctor about scheduling an appointment.

Ultrasounds use sound waves to create images. The same way that sonar works for marine science, sound waves are emitted through the body and when they come into contact with a structure, whether it is an organ or other mass, that structure sends the sound waves back to the ultrasound machine. The machine then interprets the sound waves to determine things like size and location.

When checking for male-specific health problems, doctors use ultrasounds frequently. Most often ultrasound is used in the abdomen to see the gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas abd liver. Vascular and heart evaluations may use ultrasound technology. The thyroid gland is well visualized with ultrasound. Ultrasounds are also used for checking the possibility of testicular cancer. Ultrasounds are best for providing images of the scrotum and surrounding tissues. Physicians use ultrasound technology to determine the presence of masses, infertility, and testicular injury. Pain, swelling, inflammation could be symptomatic of epididymitis or testicular torsion, a condition that reduces blood supply to the scrotum and requires immediate surgery. Undescended testes affect up to 30% of boys, and if not properly monitored the condition contains a high risk of developing cancer.

It is important that the general public understand that ultrasounds are not just for women and pregnancy but can contain a variety of health benefits for men as well. Ultrasounds are a frequently used, completely painless imaging procedure. If you have other questions or concerns about having an ultrasound performed, speak to your doctor about scheduling an appointment.

Are you looking for an Ultrasound facility in Louisiana? Make an appointment with Doctors Imaging through our online appointment scheduling or by calling 504-883-8111.

How Invasive are Medical Imaging Procedures?

The innovations made within the medical technology field have taken away a vast amount of risk and pain done during these procedures, but sometimes in order to get the best images so that your doctor can make the most informed diagnosis possible requires a bit of discomfort. Depending on the concern or condition, there are a variety of medical imaging procedures that can be performed with various degrees of invasiveness. Luckily most of these procedures do not take long and if you have serious concerns or a condition that would make performing these procedures unbearably painful, you should speak to your doctor about different options and features that can still be performed. For this article, the procedures will be ordered from least to most invasive.

X-Ray

X-rays are painless and not invasive at all. The joints and bone structures of the body are imaged while the patient remains still on the procedure table. If a patient is pregnant or may be pregnant, they should inform their doctor. The radiation used in X-rays is an extremely small amount and a lead shield can protect the fetus if the test is medically necessary, but there may be other avenues of imaging that your doctor can perform instead.

PET-CT Scan

For these scans, your facility or doctor may request that you not eat anything for four hours prior to the exam and drink a lot of water. Contrast material is also used in this procedure. Contrast material will be administered intravenously and will require that the patient remain still for 30-90 minutes so that the contrast material has opportunity to circulate.

MRI Procedure

MRI is extremely low in its degree of invasiveness. Despite the slight prick of IV administration of contrast fluid, some patients experience a sense of claustrophobia entering the MRI machine. If this an issue for you, speak to your doctor about having a friend or family member in the procedure room with you or for more serious cases, your doctor may be able to provide you with a mild sedative.

CT Scans

CT scans are a painless procedure. Some doctors may require patients to not eat at least an hour prior to the examination. Contrast material is also used in CT scans and can be administered either through IV or by swallowing. Some describe a metallic taste in the mouth, or slight itchiness around the injection site. If a patient experiences more serious symptoms, it could be indicative of an allergic reaction or a type of condition that reactions to the contrast fluid.

Ultrasounds

Depending on the area or conditioned being examined, an ultrasounds procedure has varying degrees of invasiveness. None are particularly painful just slightly uncomfortable. Speaking with your doctor about your concerns can help to minimize the unpleasantness. And for determining and monitoring pregnancy, detecting signs of infertility or for examining reproductive organs, some patients may have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound in which the transducer is placed in the vagina to image organs like the uterus and ovaries.

On the whole, imaging procedures performed today are minimally or non-invasive. If you’re looking for safe and comfortable imaging procedures in the New Orleans, Metairie, or Kenner area, please call 504-883-8111 or schedule your appointment online today.