Diagnostic Medical Sonography
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY DEFINITIONDiagnostic medical sonography, which is also known as ultrasound, is an imaging method that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to create precise images of the structures inside your body. The ultrasound exam produces images that offer valuable data and info for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions and diseases.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PURPOSEDiagnostic medical sonography may be required for evaluating muscle and tendon abnormalities, revealing prostate and genitalia abnormalities, the diagnosis some forms of infection or cancer, the studying of your heart or thyroid gland, evaluation of a breast lump, assessing the fetus, diagnosing gallbladder disease, and so forth.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY RISKSDiagnostic medical sonography is a procedure that's safe. It utilizes low-power sound waves that have no negative consequences on your health. On the other hand, it does have limitations, like the fact that it isn't effective in imaging parts of your body that has gas or is obscured by bone.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PREPARATION REQUIREDThe diagnostic medical sonography test itself doesn't require preparation. However, if your doctor is conducting other exams along with your ultrasound, you may need to prepare for them by fasting, emptying your bladder, and so forth.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROCEDUREYou'll first lie down on an examination table. Gel is applied on your skin in order to avoid air pocket formation between your body and the ultrasound equipment. A technician trained in diagnostic medical sonography (a sonographer) will then press a transducer over the area of examination. The images produced by the ultrasound works like sonar, such that the transducer also uses high-frequency sound waves.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY COMPLICATIONSUnlike x-rays, diagnostic medical sonography is safe for pregnant women. In fact, ultrasound is most known as the imaging method for checking the development of the unborn child. Ultrasound examinations requiring the placement of the device inside your body can lead to complications like hemorrhaging and infection because of the invasive nature of the procedure.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY SIDE EFFECTSThere are no known side effects associated with taking a diagnostic medical sonography exam. In fact, it's so safe that it's the recommended imaging method for assessing the development of the fetus.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY RESULTSOnce your exam is done, the radiologist and sonographer will typically view the resulting diagnostic medical sonography images on the computer monitor or on film. It's the radiologist who examines the images for a few days and sends the findings and report to your doctor, who'll then tell you the meaning behind the images.