Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves.

General Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the:

 

Vascular ultrasound is performed to:

  • help monitor the blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body.

  • locate and identify blockages (stenosis) and abnormalities like plaque or emboli and help plan for their effective treatment.

  • detect blood clots (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the major veins of the legs or arms.

  • evaluate the success of procedures that graft or bypass blood vessels.

  • determine if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm).

  • evaluate varicose veins.

Echocardiogram is an ultrasound test that can evaluate the structures of the heart, as well as the direction of blood flow within it. Specially trained technician produces the images and videos using a special transducer that is placed in various places on the chest wall, to view the heart from different directions. Cardiologists, or heart specialists, are trained to evaluate these images to assess heart function and provide a report of the results.

The echocardiogram is just one of the many tests that can be done to evaluate heart anatomy and function. 

The test is used to:

  • Assess the overall function of your heart

  • Determine the presence of many types of heart disease, such as valve disease, myocardial disease, pericardial disease, infective endocarditis, cardiac masses, and congenital heart disease

  • Follow the progress of valve disease over time

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your medical or surgical treatments

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