What An Ultrasound Scan Shows
An ultrasound machine emits high-frequency sound waves through soft tissue and shows live images of a targeted object on a screen. Also called sonography, it works similarly to sonar that uses sound waves to detect submarines and surface ships. A Private Ultrasound Scan London is safe, non-invasive method to check potential problems in tissues and organs. Unlike X-ray and other imaging techniques, an ultrasound machine doesn’t emit radiation, so it is safe for internal organs and a developing foetus inside the womb. Physicians may use ultrasound to evaluate internal symptoms like infection, swelling, pain and discomfort.
Here are some things that a Private Ultrasound Scan London can show:
Blockage- if a patient has had a heart attack or stroke recently, an ultrasound scan can help to look for clots and any blockage of blood flow. This allows doctors to pinpoint trouble areas because clots are elusive and they may travel within blood vessels, causing new blockage at different areas of the body. The doctor will use streptokinase, reteplase, urokinase, alteplase, tenecteplase or tPA (tissue Plasminogen Activator) to break up blood clots. After prescribing these medications, the doctor can use an ultrasound scan to check whether the clot has broken up.
Narrowing Of Vessels- atherosclerosis may develop slowly and quietly, without showing any symptoms. Once blood vessels have become severely constricted, the flow of blood will be much slower or completely blocked. Atherosclerosis is caused by the build-up of cholesterol, fat, and other deposits that may disrupt blood flow. An ultrasound scan can detect unusual deposits inside the blood vessel, before they cause symptoms. The doctor may advise changes in lifestyle to slow down or stop the current development of atherosclerosis. Drastic changes in lifestyle can slightly reverse atherosclerosis and the use of a statin will stabilise the condition.
Tumours- a tumour mass has different characteristics, compared to muscles and other healthy tissues. If the doctor suspects a tumour growth, the ultrasound scan can help to make an accurate the diagnosis. The doctor can also use an ultrasound scan to check the extent of the growth and it will be easier to plan a surgery for tumour removal.
Developing Infant- the most common use of ultrasound is to check pregnancy at various stages. The obstetrician checks whether the embryo is developing properly during the first trimester. In the second trimester, the ultrasound scan can be used to check whether internal organs, limbs, and spine are forming properly. At this time, the obstetrician can establish the gender of the infant. Weeks before the expected date of delivery, the ultrasound scan is useful for checking the growth rate and the current position of the foetus.
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