What is Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound imaging is a type of imaging test that utilizes sound waves to take a look inside the body. In vascular and organ ultrasound, those sound waves are designed to evaluate the circulatory system and locate blockages in the arteries and veins. Our team offers organ and vascular imaging in Rock Hill, SC and Charlotte, NC.
Ultrasound imaging can be used for diagnostic imaging, as is often the case in breast imaging, and is more frequently associated with the medical imaging common to pregnancy and pregnancy loss.
Unlike other imaging procedures such as CT scans, ultrasound imaging can create detailed images without ionizing radiation. It has not been linked to any harmful effects in the body. It is also able to produce detailed images of soft tissues that cannot be seen in x-rays.
How Is Ultrasound Imaging Used?
Ultrasound imaging is used in place of nuclear medicine to evaluate and diagnose issues and conditions within the body. Ultrasound imaging can be used to evaluate each of the following areas:
- Blood flow to organs and tissues within the body
- Arterial blockages and abnormalities
- Blood clots and related issues
- Candidacy for specific procedures or treatment options
- Success of procedures used to graft or bypass blood vessels
- Enlarged arteries
- Varicose and spider veins
Ultrasound imaging is a valuable tool in each of these areas because these areas require an in-depth look into soft tissues. While there are other diagnostic measures available, ultrasound is the least invasive and simplest method to employ.
What Is Vascular Ultrasound?
Vascular ultrasound is a specific type of imaging service that focuses on real-time information regarding the vascular system. Vascular ultrasound can be used as a form of medical prevention to monitor the veins for any signs of artery damage or blockages. It may also be used as a diagnostic tool after symptoms of heart disease and other issues have already developed.
Vascular ultrasound can be used on virtually all areas of the body. During the procedure, the imaging center will place a special cream or jelly on the area being evaluated. From there, the technician will move along the skin and take images of the area being scanned.
Blood Flow and Imaging
Locating sources of distress is vital to effectively treat heart disease. In the absence of proper imaging, issues with blood flow cannot effectively be identified and addressed. Vascular ultrasound is an essential piece of the heart disease puzzle. A qualified health care team can evaluate the images secured by ultrasound to correctly identify the issue and create a treatment plan to target the best medication or intervention for healing.
How Should You Prepare for Vascular System Imaging?
Vascular and organ imaging is a simple procedure. Preparation will differ from the prep work required of surgical and invasive procedures. To make access to the area being evaluated easier, be sure to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. You may be required to wear a gown during the procedure itself.
In some cases, it may be necessary to avoid drinking water or increase water intake. Your medical team should deliver the precise instructions necessary to successfully complete your imaging appointment.
Our team of professionals is happy to provide superlative imaging to diagnose and treat organ and vascular conditions. If you require vascular system imaging in Rock Hill, SC, schedule an appointment with our team today!