Blood tests can determine the hormone levels that are produced by the thyroid and pituitary glands. Antibody tests can determine if abnormal antibodies are present. During an ultrasound, a transducer is held over your neck. The images it produces can determine the size of the gland and see if any nodules are present. You can undergo a thyroid exam, in which a radioactive isotope is injected in a vein in the inside of your elbow. Once the isotope reaches the thyroid, it can produce an image that can provide information about the size and nature of the thyroid. During a biopsy, an ultrasound is used to guide a needle to your thyroid to obtain a fluid or tissue sample to be
The medical ultra sound field is always continuously expanding and making medical progress, and new findings. Ultrasounds are becoming more and more popular everyday. People are coming up with many new ways to help treat patients, and also new procedures to get better, and more defined images of the body. Also, people are making it possible to find some problems quicker than they ever could have before. A diagnostic medical sonographer is a professional, which has had the proper schooling to use technology to help diagnose patients. Sonographers use a special type of machine with a wand that takes images of the inside of your body. This wand is called a transducer. A transducer is the device that uses sound waves to capture images of the
Ultrasound, or sonography, is a painless way to take pictures of the inside of a patient’s body using sound waves. Ultrasound Technicians operate machines which is called a sonographic scanner. The scanners create pictures of internal organs. There are many different fields of sonography. There is cardiovascular which works with the heart. Abdominal works with the spleen liver and urinary system. Obstetric works with the female's reproductive system. Breast is where you look for abnormalities or cancer in women’s and sometimes men’s breast. Musculoskeletal is where you look at tissues and joints. Neurosonology is working with the brain.
Ultrasound or ultrasonography is a medical imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves. It is a high pitch frequency that cannot be heard by the human ear. In ultra sound the following happens: High frequency sound pulses (1-5megahertz) are transmitted from the ultrasound machine into your body using a probe. The sound wave will travel into your body until it hits an object such as soft tissue and bone. When the sound wave hits these objects some of the wave will be reflected back to the probe. While some waves may carry on further till they hit another object and then reflected back. The probe picks up these reflected sound waves and relays them to the machine. The distance and time from the probe,
Diagnostic medical sonography is a profession where sonographers direct high-frequency sound waves into a patient’s body through the use of specific equipment to diagnose or monitor a patient’s medical condition. As described by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this examination is referred to as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram. The high-frequency sound waves emitted from the handheld device, called a transducer, bounce back creating an echo and therefore produce an image that can be viewed on the sonographers computer screen. This image provides the sonographer and physician with an internal image of the patient’s body that will be used in the diagnosis. The most familiar use of ultrasound is used in monitoring pregnancies
Diagnostic medical sonography is a profession where sonographers direct high-frequency sound waves into a patient’s body through use of specific equipment to diagnose or monitor a patient’s medical condition. As described by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this examination is referred to as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram. The high-frequency sound waves emitted from the handheld device, called a transducer, bounce back creating an echo and therefore produce an image that can be viewed on the sonographers computer screen. This image provides the sonographer and physician with an internal image of the patient’s body that will be used in diagnosis. The most familiar use of ultrasound is used in monitoring pregnancies, and is
Ever since I had been a little girl, I have had a love for people and caring for them. I like to study them to figure out how and what they are feeling. If something is wrong, I enjoy problem solving to find ways to fix the situation or at least make the person feel better. I am also fond of watching people develop and grow, which is why when I bumped into ultrasound sonography, I fell in love.
When I tell a person that I want to pursue a degree in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound their first thought is babies. Which I don’t blame them because that is the part of ultrasound we are exposed most too. But ultrasound is so much more than just seeing an unborn baby. There are so many amazing things that ultrasounds can do. DMU is an imaging technique used to visualize the tissue structures/internal organs of the body by recording the returning reflections of ultrasonic waves with the purpose of pathology diagnosis. There are two names it goes by, ultrasound and sonography. These two terms are often used interchangeably. Ultrasound uses sound and acoustics to produce images that are then reflected back in real time.
Pregnancy is a very exciting time. The photos, the food, and the announcements are enough to make anyone squeal with joy. One of the most exciting times during your pregnancy is learning the gender of your baby. An ultrasound during your second trimester can reveal whether you are having a boy or girl, which will allow you to continue shopping and planning. If you are going in to have an ultrasound soon to determine the gender of your baby, use these four tips to help the ultrasound technician get a good view of your baby:
Sound is usually something that people usually take as something simple. However, sound can be a very complicated topic. Sound is a wave of vibration (called a longitudinal wave) caused by a release of energy.
Most are common only around 5% coming to be cancerous. Most times when a person has a thyroid nodule they have no symptoms. If the nodule is causing your glands to make too many hormones it can cause what is called hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of this include palpitations, rapid heart rate, anxiety, restlessness and an increased appetite. If your doctor suspects thyroid nodules they will do tests such as an ultrasound or a thyroid scan. A good example of a procedure done by an endocrinologist is an LHRH test. This test is done to see how your pituitary gland is working when it comes to regulating sex hormone production. The night of this procedure you are to not eat or drink anything. When you go in, you will be made comfortable and have a small needle inserted into a vein in your hand or arm. This is just to get a blood sample and is not to stay. Whoever is taking the blood will use a needle such as a ventflon to make drawing the blood sample easy with little to no discomfort. The blood is then checked for hormones LH and LSH then you get an injection to make the levels of those hormones rise. You will have blood drawn twice. Once each after 30
There isn't anything that is quite as exciting as being pregnant. However, getting to see your baby inside you womb is also a pretty exciting experience. During an ultrasound, doctors are able to learn quite a bit about the baby. They can see how the baby is growing and even determine the gender of the baby.
Sandra is a 34yo, G5 P0311, who was seen for a follow-up ultrasound assessment. As you know, she has a complicated obstetrical history with one 36 week preterm delivery and 3 other losses that occurred between 19 and 22 weeks gestation. Those 3 losses are complicated in that she has PPROM and some bleeding but was also found to have advanced cervical dilation. This brought up the question of potential incompetent cervix and the need for cerclage. This will again be discussed further below. She does have a history of chronic HTN but is currently not on treatment and her BP is normal at 104/84 and her urine evaluation is negative. She also does have some issues with anxiety and depression but again is stable without treatment. Based on