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 people might assume that ultrasound exams are only for women expecting children. Using ultrasound on pregnant women is the dominant use. But 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 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. This means that when doctors suspect a problem and think that it is an area that the ultrasound will be able to view, they will use this method first because ultrasounds aren’t invasive or have side effects. Ultrasounds examine 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 an 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 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 regularly 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.
Ultrasound has a valuable use in supplemental breast cancer screening. Many studies have shown that ultrasound can help supplement a mammogram by detecting breast cancers that may not be visible with a mammogram. Ultrasound is not intended to replace a mammogram. Rather, they are used in conjunction with mammograms as needed. Women should consult with their doctor or radiologist to determine if ultrasound screening is appropriate for them.
Ultrasound of the breast may be used for women who are at high risk for breast cancer or women who are pregnant and should not be exposed to x-rays used in a mammogram. Ultrasound of the breast can also be used to screen women who have dense breast tissue, meaning there are a lot of ducts, glands, fibrous tissue and less fat making it harder to find cancers with a mammogram.
Doctors Imaging in Metairie has the best technology in ultrasound and for an affordable price available through various insurances. If you have other questions or concerns about scheduling an ultrasound appointment, please contact Doctors Imaging at 504-883-8111.