While physical exams can reveal some types of health problems, others require more in-depth diagnostic tests. Ultrasounds can show signs of problems that affect your organs and other parts of your body without exposing you to radiation. At the practice of David Ramin, M.D., Dr. Ramin provides ultrasounds for Beverly Hills, California patients with health problems requiring in-depth diagnostic tests. To schedule an appointment, call the office or request an appointment online.
Dr. Ramin might recommend having an ultrasound if you have problems with soft tissues or organs in your body. Physical exams don't always diagnose those problems accurately, and X-rays don’t always provide enough detail of certain soft tissue structures. Dr. Ramin can use ultrasound results for problems with major organs, such as your heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. He can also perform ultrasounds if you have problems that affect your blood vessels, thyroid, and other parts of your body.
Ultrasounds produce images of your organs and soft tissue structures through the use of sound waves rather than radiation. That involves using a device that makes high-frequency sounds that you can’t hear. As the device moves over certain parts of your body, it produces sound waves that provide details on factors such as the size or shape of your organs and tissues.
When you have an ultrasound done for diagnostic purposes, it offers some significant benefits compared to other types of imaging tests, such as CT scans and X-rays. These include the following:
Dr. Ramin will let you know if there are any special instructions to follow before coming in for your ultrasound. Depending on why you’re having it done, you might be asked to come in with a full bladder, or you might be asked not to drink or eat anything for a period of time beforehand.
When you come in for an ultrasound, you’ll have a gel applied to the targeted area. This gel might initially feel cool, but it shouldn’t cause discomfort. The gel makes it easier for the device to move over your skin smoothly, which produces clearer results. The amount of time your ultrasound can vary, but it usually takes at least 30 minutes. Afterward, Dr. Ramin will discuss the results of your ultrasound with you.
If you need more information on ultrasounds, please call David Ramin, M.D., or make an appointment online.