Ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures in your body. These images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating various diseases and conditions.
We offer both general and cardiovascular ultrasounds at Apurva.
Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound:
The Lower Extremity Venous Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the veins in the body. It is commonly used to search for blood clots, especially in the deep veins of the leg—a condition often called deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—but it can also be used to diagnose and treat many other vein conditions.
The Lower Extremity Arterial Ultrasound is a safe and painless way to visualize the arteries of the legs. It can detect the presence and location of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—narrowing of the arteries supplying the legs.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening or Diagnostic is a highly accurate way to detect and measure the size of an aneurysm. Abdominal aortic aneurysms typically develop slowly over many years and hardly ever cause any noticeable symptoms. Occasionally, especially in thin patients, a pulsating sensation in the abdomen may be felt or seen. The larger an aneurysm grows, the greater the chance it will burst or rupture. If an aneurysm expands rapidly, tears, or leaks, the following symptoms may develop suddenly, such as:
- Intense and persistent abdominal or back pain, which may radiate to the buttocks and legs
- Sweating and clamminess
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure
Major risk factors for AAA include family history, smoking, and longstanding high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men who have a history of smoking should receive a one-time screening for AAA between the ages of 65 and 75. Men with a family history of AAA should be screened at age 60.
The Carotid Artery Ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure, which uses sound waves to examine blood flow through the carotid arteries. Carotid ultrasounds test for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. The results can help your doctor determine a treatment to lower your stroke risk.
An Echocardiogram (Echo) uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This common test allows your doctor to see your heart beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify heart disease.
Thyroid Ultrasounds use sound waves to produce pictures of the thyroid gland in the neck. They are commonly used to evaluate lumps or nodules found during a routine physical or other imaging exams.
Abdominal Ultrasounds can help your doctor see many organs in your abdomen. Your doctor may recommend this test if you have a problem in any of these organs:
An abdominal ultrasound can help your doctor evaluate the cause of stomach pain or bloating. It can also help check for kidney stones, liver disease, tumors, and many other conditions.
The Renal Artery Ultrasound is a test that shows the renal arteries—the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys. These arteries may narrow or become blocked, resulting in kidney failure or high blood pressure (hypertension). The speed of blood flow through the arteries is measured to determine the degree of narrowing of the artery.
Renal (Kidney) Ultrasounds evaluate the location, size, and shape of your kidneys and/or detect any mass, cyst, kidney stone, or other obstruction.