At ImageCare Centers, we understand that every patient’s needs are unique. That’s why we offer reliable and personalized ultrasounds in Wayne, NJ, with the utmost care and attention. Choosing a diagnostic imaging center is a crucial decision when it comes to your ultrasound or echocardiogram. As one of the most cost-effective medical imaging centers, we welcome patients to get the top-notch care they deserve. Trust ImageCare Centers to provide the expert care you need for your ultrasound.
What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound procedure uses sound waves to look at the internal organs of the body. A special instrument, called a transducer, has tiny crystals inside that, when excited by an electrical current, emit sound waves above the audible range of sound. The sound waves are sent into the body and bounce off internal organs. The transducer then picks up these rebounding sound waves and, with the aid of a computer, displays the returning sound waves as a picture representing the organ(s) of interest.
An ultrasound can look at solid internal organs (pancreas, spleen, liver), reproductive organs, thyroid, unborn babies, arteries, and veins, and can even image the skin and muscles on the arms and legs. Ultrasound is also used as a guidance tool: the technologist can show the doctor the exact location of an organ for biopsy with a needle.
What to Expect During Your Procedure
During your scheduled ultrasound procedure at ImageCare Centers, your internal organs will be examined for any abnormalities. Ultrasound images are non-invasive and can produce important information in the diagnosis of certain areas of concern. However, ultrasound imaging can be the first step in a two-step process. Following your ultrasound, your provider may recommend a biopsy for further testing and diagnosis of an area of concern.
Just a few of the health issues and conditions that can be discovered through ultrasound diagnostics include:
Ultrasounds are commonly used to detect skin and soft tissue infections and urinary tract infections (UTIs). During the procedure, the blood flow will be analyzed, and an increase in blood flow may indicate the presence of an infection.
An ultrasound can determine whether a patient has an underactive or overactive thyroid gland by detecting enlarged nodules in the neck area. If necessary, these nodules can be further examined through biopsy.
Ultrasounds are typically used to guide a needle for the biopsy of a mass to further determine if it is a cyst or a tumor and if it is benign or malignant.
An ultrasound can measure the speed of the blood flow in the heart and detect any obstructions, such as blood clots or narrowed vessels. This information can be used to diagnose potential heart conditions and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Ultrasound can detect the presence of uterine fibroids and provide visual representations of their location, number, size, and characteristics. The procedure can also help in assessing the potential impact of fibroids on the uterus and adjacent organs, guiding treatment decisions, and monitoring the effectiveness of interventions over time.
To ensure a smooth ultrasound appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, it is advisable to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes and remove any jewelry or hairpins that could hinder the procedure.
Rest assured that our experienced staff is dedicated to delivering exceptional care and ensuring your satisfaction throughout your visit. Call to book your appointment for an ultrasound with the passionate team at ImageCare Centers today.