Ultrasounds are a great way to “see” internal body structures and understand more about how your body is functioning. Clinica San Miguel offers ultrasounds at all 12 locations throughout Texas, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one in Fresno, Arlington, San Antonio, and Pasadena. If you’d like more information about the role an ultrasound might play in your health planning, book a visit online or by phone today.
Ultrasounds are a type of imaging that uses sound waves to create “pictures” of structures within your body. This technology uses a handheld transducer to direct high-frequency sound waves into your body.
As those sound waves strike internal tissues, they bounce back and are collected by the equipment. They’re translated into imaging, providing a clear and accurate view of your organs and other structures.
You may be familiar with ultrasounds performed during pregnancy. The imaging created during a pregnancy ultrasound helps practitioners check a baby’s development and identify potential problems in the earliest possible stages.
Additional uses for medical ultrasounds include:
These are just some of the potential medical uses for ultrasound technology. If your physician feels that this type of imaging is a good fit for your needs, they explain the role ultrasounds can play in your diagnostic and treatment plan.
One of the reasons ultrasounds are used so frequently is that they’re safe, effective, and painless. On the day of your ultrasound, there’s no need for any form of anesthesia.
Depending on the area being examined, you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a period of time prior to your visit. You might also be asked to drink a lot of water to enhance bladder imaging.
Most ultrasounds are performed using a handheld transducer that is moved across the surface of your skin. Some types use a probe inserted into your vagina or anus to create the required imaging.
For external ultrasounds, the practitioner applies a clear gel to your skin to help the transducer glide over the surface of your skin and to enhance sound wave transmission. Depending on the area your doctor is attempting to view, you might need to alter your position during the ultrasound. The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes.
The imaging created during an ultrasound is transmitted onto an external screen. Your practitioner can see those images as the ultrasound is being performed, and can determine if additional screening is needed.
Booking a visit for an ultrasound at Clinica San Miguel takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.