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.