More information about Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a medical technique which has greatly enhanced procedural safety. The procedure requires hands-on simulation based training to learn but then ultrasound guided central lines may be performed safely and easily by an doctor or midlevel healthcare provider.
- Vascular ultrasound provides the physician with imaging of the patient’s veins and arteries. The physician may interpret the images and information collected during a vascular ultrasound to help diagnose or rule out potential issues in the vascular system and recommend treatment accordingly.
- Cardiac ultrasound provides the physician with important information about cardiac activity. The physician may interpret the images and information collected during a cardiac ultrasound to diagnosed pericardial tamponade, left ventricular dysfunction and right ventricular strain. These studies provide important information when determining the cause of hypotension when a patient is in shock.
- Breast ultrasound provides the physician with internal imaging of the patients breast tissue. One of the most common reason to perform a breast ultrasound is to analyze lumps or cysts. Breast ultrasound is a highly valuable procedure for early detection of serious breast related issues.
- Abdominal ultrasound provides the physician with imaging of several of the patients internal organs. The physician may elect to perform an abdominal ultrasound to aid in their analysis of a variety of abdominal issues including irregular function, pain, or enlargement.
- There are three variations of the Pelvic ultrasound – rectal, vaginal, and abdominal. Like other ultrasound procedures these are used to collect valuable diagnostic insight.
- An Obstetrical ultrasound is perhaps the most well known ultrasound. An Obstetrician performs this procedure to image a fetus or embryo and to collect information during a female patient’s pregnancy.
- A physician may request a Thyroid ultrasound if they suspect a patient is experiencing abnormal thyroid activity. Based on the thyroid imaging the physican may recommend follow up tests or procedures accordingly.
- A Scrotum ultrasound provides testicular imaging in a male patient and is used to detect or analyze testicular masses, testicular pain, and other related issues.
As you can see ultrasound is a valuable tool which may be regularly utilized by a wide variety of physicians for diagnostic and analytical purposes. Vascular ultrasound in particular helps to assist in other medical procedures such as central line placement.
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