What is ultrasound imaging?
Ultrasound imaging is a procedure that involves putting a high-frequency transducer onto the skin and viewing the return sound waves. Because the images are captured in real-time, they can show the movement of internal organs, as well as blood flow through those organs.
What to expect
Depending on the part of your body you will be having examined you may be asked to put on a robe. You will then lie on an examination table where the technologist will put a gel onto your skin and move the ultrasound probe around the area of your body being examined. For some tests the technologist will attach a probe to the transducer to be inserted into one of your body’s natural openings. Unless the area being tested is sore, the test is usually painless. Most tests take less than 30 minutes to complete.
If you are having an exam done on your abdomen, aorta, mesenteric artery, renal artery, or pelvis you will need to take a few preparation steps before your test. For abdomen, aorta, mesenteric artery, and renal artery you will have to fast for 12 hours before the test. The instructions we recommend is to not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your test. If you are having a pelvic exam you will be required to drink 32 ounces of water one hour before the test.
About Medicor ultrasound
All of Medicor’s ultrasound technologists are registered by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for both vascular and echo. This accreditation is only given to healthcare organizations who are dedicated to holding themselves to a high level of accountability, both by their peers and the general public. Our technologists are also ACR certified in general ultrasound which is earned by staying abreast of the newest technologies and taking part in continuing education programs. Medicor’s radiologists and vascular reader are also board certified.
Medicor ultrasound is now providing venous insufficiency studies. These studies are mostly aimed at patients complaining of burning, swelling, throbbing, cramping, aching, heaviness, restless legs, or leg fatigue that have gone undiagnosed by other tests. These tests can pinpoint the cause of these symptoms which can be a result of venous blood escaping from its normal path and flowing backwards. This can be caused by valves in superficial veins failing due to a number of different reasons. Once diagnosed, venous insufficiencies can be treated by compression therapy, valvuloplasty, endovenous laser therapy, or radiofrequency ablation.
Medicor is now offering limited evening ultrasound appointments to patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to fit an appointment into their daytime schedule.