Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds have no known risks. From an abdominal ultrasound to an echocardiogram of your heart, sound waves can be used to diagnose problems with tissues and organs in your body. If you believe there may be something wrong with your heart, kidneys, gallbladder, or another internal organ, call or make an appointment online with the staff at Murphy Medical Associates with locations in Greenwich, Stratford, and Stamford, Connecticut.
An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, is a medical test that uses sound waves to create images of the tissues and organs in your body. The data collected is helpful in identifying and treating a variety of medical conditions.
Your technician applies a gel to the skin in the examination area. They then use a special rod called a transducer to create images based on the sound waves it sends into your body.
Some ultrasounds are done from within the body. By doing the test internally, the technician can get a better picture of the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive organs, blood vessels, and more.
If the practice recommends an ultrasound, they may instruct you to drink several glasses of water an hour or so beforehand and not urinate until the technician tells you to. You may also be advised to refrain from eating for 12 hours before the procedure.
The most common types of ultrasound are:
If you have pain in your joints — such as your shoulders, knees, elbows, or ankles — the team may recommend a musculoskeletal ultrasound. It detects tears and other causes of pain in both joints and muscles.
Musculoskeletal ultrasounds can also be used to identify abnormalities associated with the diagnosis of cancer.
All ultrasounds are noninvasive and help the team visualize changes or differences in a particular area or structure in your body. The information gathered includes how fast your blood flows, the direction it moves, and the density of tissues.
Investigating the stiffness in your tissues can help the team diagnose cancer. A sonogram can also help guide a needle during a biopsy.
If you’re having pains or are not feeling well and believe you might benefit from an ultrasound, call or make an appointment online at Murphy Medical Associates today.