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Small Parts & Soft Tissue Ultrasound

Small parts & soft tissue ultrasound procedures are a useful way of visualizing trauma, swelling, cysts, nodules, & other abnormalities of many superficial locations of the body such as the thyroid gland, neck, breasts, groin and the testes

Thyroid Ultrasound

Thyroid Ultrasound is a popular and useful tool in the evaluation and management of thyroid disorders. It is utilized for diagnosing suspected thyroid disease, for example, an nonfunctional thyroid or a lump found in the thyroid (i.e., a nodule). Most scans are performed to look at palpable or visible “lumps”, or enlargement of the gland found during a clinical examination. This procedure requires little to no special preparation.. You will lie on your back on an examination table and the technician will move the transducer back and forth across your neck and upper chest to image the area of interest.

Testicular Ultrasound

A testicular ultrasound used for the diagnosis of suspected abnormalities of the scrotum and is the main technique used to evaluate problems of the testicles and surrounding tissues. It is commonly used when a patient has pain or feels an abnormal lump in the scrotum. Other reasons for an ultrasound scan may include an absent or undescended testicle, inflammation, testicular torsion (twisted testis), fluid collection, abnormal blood vessels or a mass (lump or tumor).

Minimal preparation is required. Before the scan, you will need to remove all your clothes from the waist down and put on a gown before the test. You will be asked to lie on your back on the examination table. Folded towels will be used to cover the penis and lift the scrotum. Gel will be spread on your scrotum and the transducer will be pressed gently against the skin and moved back and forth across the scrotum to obtain the required images. The procedure is painless and non-invasive.

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast. A breast ultrasound is most often performed to determine if a problem found by a mammogram or physical exam of the breast may be a cyst filled with fluid or a solid tumor. During a breast ultrasound examination, the technician performing the test may use Doppler techniques to detect any abnormalities within the breast. Minimal preparation is required.

Benefits of Ultrasound

  • Most ultrasound scanning is noninvasive (no needles or injections).
  • Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use radiation.
  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.
  • Ultrasound may help detect and classify different abnormalities that cannot be interpreted adequately through other diagnostic tools.
  • Standard diagnostic ultrasound has no known harmful effects on humans.