Why Would I Need a Sonogram?

Most people are more familiar with the term “ultrasound” than “sonogram,” but the sonogram is actually the image that results from the ultrasound procedure. This quick and painless imaging test helps your doctor clearly view your body’s systems and look for a wide range of conditions. From there, the doctor can establish a diagnosis, devise a treatment plan, or monitor your condition.

As one of the area’s most trusted family primary care physicians, Dr. Philip Baldeo is likely to enlist the aid of the sonogram multiple times each week. When he orders an ultrasound done on a child or an adult, it’s often the first step into gaining answers and formulating solutions to a patient’s medical issue. 

There are many reasons why you may need a sonogram. Below, you’ll learn what to expect from the procedure and what conditions a sonogram can help diagnose.

How does a sonogram work?

It’s a simple, noninvasive procedure that usually requires no special preparation on your part. The image that a sonogram produces is created by sound waves, and the procedure is safe. It does not expose you to radiation.

Depending on the technology used, sonograms can produce either two-dimensional or three-dimensional images. 

When you get a sonogram, Dr. Baldeo simply applies some gel on the part of your body that’s going to be “read” and places the tool that delivers the sound waves, the transducer, in that spot. With that, Dr. Baldeo can see, in real-time, the image he’s seeking and conclude much from it. 

The many reasons you might need a sonogram

The sonogram is a multi-purpose “Jack of all trades” medical tool that’s used for diagnostic and tracking purposes, as well as investigative procedures.  

Most people associate a sonogram with pregnancy because the test is used to view the developing baby, track growth and development, discover the baby’s gender, and watch movement. 

Sonogram images reveal an abundance of important information that physicians use to formulate treatment plans. Ultrasound technology is appropriate for diagnosing conditions as varied as misaligned hips in a baby to an adult’s torn ligament from a sports injury.

A sonogram is also commonly used to diagnose a multitude of conditions, from infections to organ damage. An ultrasound exam can be done of your gallbladder, liver, uterus and ovaries, kidney, and even your eyes.

Ultrasounds can even enable your doctor to view the quality of your blood flow. Additionally, bone ultrasounds detect fractures. Dr. Baldeo might advise an ultrasound exam for you if you’re experiencing any of these — or additional — medical issues. 

An ultrasound can also be done internally

Another way to use ultrasounds is internally. Transvaginal ultrasounds allow Dr. Baldeo to determine if a woman is dealing with a fibroid condition, for example, while a transrectal ultrasound can reveal a male patient’s prostate issues, among other problems.

Another internal ultrasound procedure, the transesophageal echocardiogram, can detect heart problems.

Ultrasound technology as a medical guide

Ultrasound technology can also be an important part of active treatment. Dr. Baldeo can also use the visual capabilities that ultrasound provides to perform exploratory tasks such as a biopsy, or drain an abscess, for example.

Put your faith in a safe, comfortable, and revealing imaging test — and your physician

Whether you visit Liberty Medical Services for a routine visit or an emergent need, know that Dr. Baldeo and our team are experienced at using ultrasound technology and other imaging methods to take the best care of you.

Call our office to arrange an appointment or book online. You’re in the best of hands here.

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