Sonograms, also known as Ultrasounds, are non-invasive examinations that are painless, fast and easy. Unlike with x-rays or CT scans, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with these tests.
Ultrasound imaging is based on the same principles involved in the sonar used by bats, ships and fishermen. When a sound wave strikes an object, it bounces back, or echoes. By measuring these echo waves it is possible to determine how far away the object is and its size, shape, and consistency (whether the object is solid, filled with fluid, or both).
In medicine, ultrasound is used to detect changes in appearance of organs, tissues, and vessels or detect abnormal masses, such as tumors. In an ultrasound examination, a transducer both sends the sound waves and records the echoing waves. When the transducer is pressed against the skin, it directs small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. As the sound waves bounce off of internal organs, fluids and tissues, the sensitive microphone in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound's pitch and direction. These signature waves are instantly measured and displayed by a computer, which in turn creates a real-time picture on the monitor. One or more frames of the moving pictures are typically captured as still images.
The patient should always inform our specialists of any medications that they are taking, especially blood pressure and vascular medications that could interfere with interpretation of results.
All of our diagnostic and vascular studies are
performed by Registered Vascular Technicians.
Below, are the various sonograms performed in our office.