Ultrasound or sonography utilizes sound waves to produce images of various organs or structures. Since there is no radiation, it is completely safe, even in early pregnancy.
At LSG Imaging, we perform many different types of ultrasound including, but not limited to, abdominal, pelvic, thyroid, scrotal, hernia detection and assessment, and musculoskeletal examinations. Ultrasound is also utilized to guide the radiologist when performing biopsies and cyst aspirations.
LSG Imaging is proud to have been the developers of transvaginal ultrasound. We, therefore, have special expertise in the field of GYN.
All ultrasound examinations are performed by the radiologist physician and not by a technologist. This, we believe, has great benefits to our patients. The patients are able to interact with the radiologist in detailing their history and their concerns. The examination can be “tailor made” to the patient. Also, because the radiologist is performing the examination, the results are generally communicated to the patient at the time of the study.
Abdominal wall hernias are extremely common and often not diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Some of the more typical hernias include umbilical, inguinal and femoral (groin). Ultrasound is very effective in demonstrating their presence and is performed expertly and in a dynamic fashion. At our office, this exam is always performed by the Radiologist to optimize the examination.
Many musculoskeletal conditions can be evaluated and diagnosed using ultrasound in our expert and competent fashion. For patients with cardiac pacemakers, this may be the only way to diagnose certain conditions. The most common condition we evaluate is related to the rotator cuff of the shoulder. Other conditions are also amenable.
Because it is noninvasive and involves no radiation, this examination is the most common exam used to evaluate the thyroid gland for the presence of masses, tumors and nodules. Should there be a need to biopsy any of the above, it is also used to help guide a needle to the target site.
A breast ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the breast tissue and examine it for solid masses and other abnormalities. This procedure is often performed for patients with dense breasts on a mammogram. It is also performed when there is an abnormality in a mammogram and/or if a patient has a concern about a possible lump.
In addition to diagnosing masses and other abnormalities, breast ultrasound can also be used to:
- Determine the cause of pain, swelling and redness in the breast.
- Determine whether breast lumps are fluid-filled cysts or solid masses.
- Screen for breast cancer in patients with implants.
- Guide the placement of a needle to drain fluid or biopsy abnormal breast tissue.