Sonogram Specialist

Liberty Medical Services

Philip R. Baldeo, MD

Family Practice located in Queens, South Richmond Hill, NY

The detailed images it’s possible to obtain with modern sonography are an invaluable tool for diagnosing many health conditions. Philip Baldeo, MD, of Liberty Medical Services in South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, is an expert diagnostician who uses advanced technology to produce the clearest sonograms, enabling him to provide a swift and accurate diagnosis of your condition. If you have any health concerns, call Liberty Medical Services today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Sonogram Q & A

What is a sonogram?

A sonogram is a picture produced during an ultrasound examination. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but to be precise, ultrasound is the technology used to create the image during sonography, and the sonogram is the end result.

The ultrasound technology that creates your sonogram uses sound waves at a pitch too high for you to hear. These sound waves bounce off your internal organs to create an image that you can see on a monitor screen.

Sonography can be used in several different ways and for a number of purposes, which include:

  • Bone sonography
  • Doppler ultrasound for assessing blood flow
  • Internal transvaginal ultrasound
  • Internal transrectal ultrasound
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram to examine the heart

Sonography can also be a valuable tool during delicate procedures such as needle biopsies, as well as being a useful form of treatment for soft tissue injuries.

Why would I need a sonogram?

Sonograms are often thought of in relation to seeing the first pictures of an unborn baby, and sonography forms an essential part in caring for mother and child during pregnancy. At Liberty Medical Services, Dr. Baldeo uses sonograms to examine other internal organs to aid in the diagnosis of a range of health problems. Using sonography, Dr. Baldeo can examine your:

  • Reproductive organs
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Eyes
  • Thyroid gland

In addition to sonography, Dr. Baldeo may also carry out electromyography (EMG) to test the functioning of your nerves. In one part of the test, needle electrodes record the electrical activity in the muscles, while in the nerve conduction part of the test, surface electrodes measure the speed and strength of nerve signals.

How is the sonogram produced?

To produce a sonogram, you undergo an ultrasound at the Liberty Medical Services office during which Dr. Baldeo places a gel on the area under review and moves a wand across it to conjure the images.

For example, during an ultrasound of your abdomen, you lay on an examination table and have a special gel put on your stomach. This gel helps the wand, or transducer, on the ultrasound machine to glide smoothly across your skin.

The next step is the scan, during which Dr. Baldeo slides the transducer across your belly. The sound waves don’t hurt; all you feel is a little pressure if Dr. Baldeo needs to press onto a specific section of your abdomen to enhance the detail of the sonogram.

The procedure takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what you need the sonogram for, and when it’s over, you can go on with your day as normal with no after effects. Dr. Baldeo can show you the sonogram during the procedure, and explain what he’s found. He can also print out copies of the sonogram images.

If you need a sonogram or wish to learn more about the procedure, call Liberty Medical Services today, or book an appointment online.