Medical ultrasound devices have been around for a longtime and have been heavily associated with gynecology clinics but as ultrasound machinery becomes increasingly more powerful you will find that a range of other medical departments.
The success of radiology will come from improved diagnostic imagery. Ultrasound devices have improved with surgical advances in GPS positioning. Ultrasound imaging quality has increased and with it, flexibility. The easier to use and improved accuracy it will become part of the diagnostic process and play a greater role in radiology.
Ultrasounds in cardiology are referred to as Echocardiograms or echocardiography. Three are very powerful devices providing both 3D and 4D imagery. The powerful results they produce are not limited to imagery but alo aid practitioners in assessing blood flow and cardiac issues like the state of cardiac valves and well heart is pumping.
The strength of the radio waves have allowed their applications to move beyond producing imagery but also to aid urology. Ultrasound machines are now being employed to break kidney stones and crystals but also to check and analyze the health and performance of organs in the pelvic region. This includes the uterus and testicles and can be particularly successful in identifying testicular cancer.
Musculoskeletal sonograph can evaluate ligaments and bone condition as well as soft tissue, nerves and muscles. While there are other ways to examine these areas, ultrasound offers a quick and easy approach to testing. The technology improvement include tissue harmonics and 3-D imaging allowing for highly detailed screening
Ultrasounds now play an important rol in neurology providing data on stroke risks. The Carotid arteries deliver blood to the brain and narrow as material builds up on the lining of the walls in the arteries. The ultrasound can identify the nature of the material in the arteries improving treatments’ success and treating people with high risks of strokes.
The increase in use of Ultrasound devices is for four main reasons. One is the absence of needles, injections and surgical incisions that are found in many of the previous procedures. The Ultrasound process is painless and also extremely quick to identify any issues in the area being tested. In many instances patients would need to go through an x-ray process to identify problems and collect data. The offset would long term exposure to radiation to the patients which has its side effects and risks. Ultrasound does not have any radiation making it safer and easier for the patients. Patients are happier and it’s easier to position the ultrasound in difficult to reach places and get the readings and results. This is in place of painful time consuming procedures that would require preparation time and recovery time.