Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center
Diagnostic Imaging & Clinical Research located in Houston, TX
Ultrasound produces detailed images of arteries and veins, showing the structures and the flow of blood as it travels through the body. Ebrahim Delpassand, MD, and the diagnostic imaging team at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center have extensive experience producing high-quality ultrasound pictures that guide treatment to restore optimal health. To learn more about ultrasound or schedule an appointment, call the office in Houston, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the organs and tissues inside your body. The sound waves used during an ultrasound are safe and don’t cause any pain as they travel through your body.
During an ultrasound exam, a device called a transducer sends sound waves into your body. The waves bounce off the internal structures and return to the transducer. Then the transducer sends them to a computer that converts the waves into images.
When might I need ultrasound imaging?
Ultrasound offers an exceptional diagnostic tool for many parts of your body, from your thyroid gland to your upper abdominal and pelvic organs.
However, the team at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center specializes in performing ultrasound imaging to diagnose problems in the circulatory system and determine the severity of the condition.
Ultrasound captures real-time images, showing vascular structures as well as the flow of blood. With ultrasound imaging, the team can locate narrowed blood vessels, blockages, blood clots, and plaque. They can accurately identify changes in blood flow, show the extent of the blockage, and recommend the most effective treatment.
The conditions they often diagnose with vascular ultrasound include:
- Peripheral artery disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Renal artery disease
- Peripheral venous disease
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Peripheral aneurysms
- Aortic aneurysms
You may also need an ultrasound to evaluate your results after you undergo a procedure to treat a vascular condition.
What happens during an ultrasound?
When you have an ultrasound, you only need to relax on the exam table. Your ultrasound technician places a special gel on your skin above the targeted blood vessels. The gel creates a bond that allows the sound waves to pass through your skin without getting distorted.
They place the transducer against your skin and move it over the targeted area. You may feel slight pressure as they push down on the transducer, and the gel may feel cold at first. Otherwise, your ultrasound procedure should never cause discomfort.
Most ultrasounds take 30 minutes or less, depending on the extent of the imaging you need. When the imaging is complete, you can return to your normal daily activities.
To learn more about ultrasound imaging or schedule an appointment, call Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center, or use the online booking feature today.