AccuHealth’s ability to offer a wide array of ultrasound testing helps to set it apart from other health service companies. Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that produces pictures of internal body structures that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. It is a safe and painless technique that involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.
A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of an ultrasound examination. It is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel, including the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen, legs, neck, and head.
AccuHealth’s team of certified ultrasound sonographers and our use of the latest ultrasound imaging technology will ensure that you receive an accurate diagnosis in less time.
Ultrasound Exams Performed
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) - This test is used to check for problems with the electrical activity of the heart. An EKG translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the line tracings are called waves. The purpose of an EKG is to:
- Check the heart’s electrical activity
- Find the cause of unexplained chest pain, which could be caused by a heart attack, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart , or angina
- Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, or rapid, irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
- Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick (hypertrophied)
- Check heart health when other diseases or conditions are present, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, or a family history of early heart disease
- Echocardiogram – This test is used to look at how blood flows through the heart chambers, heart valves, and blood vessels. This test can help detect:
- Abnormal heart valves
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Congenital heart disease
- Damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack
- Heart murmurs
- Inflammation or fluid in the sac around the heart (pericardial effusion)
- Infection on or around the heart valves (infectious endocarditis)
- Ability of the heart to pump
- Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) - This test measures how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body’s circulation. By measuring how much air you exhale and how quickly, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases. Pulmonary function tests are done to:
- Diagnose certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
- Find the cause of shortness of breath
- Measure whether exposure to chemicals at work affects lung function
- Check lung function prior to surgery
- Carotid Doppler – This test uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of your carotid arteries for the purpose of detecting if a waxy substance called plaque has built up (carotid artery disease). Over time plaque can harden or rupture. Hardened plaque narrows the carotid arteries and reduces the flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain. If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form on its surface which can cause a stroke.
- Transcranial Doppler – This test measures the velocity of blood flow through the brain’s blood vessels and can help in the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions affecting blood flow to and within the brain.
- Abdominal Aorta – This test uses high-frequency sound waves to image the aorta, the main blood vessel leading away from the heart for the purpose of measuring its size to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta. Because the aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life threatening internal bleeding.
- Renal Artery Ultrasound – This test uses ultrasound waves to make an image of the renal artery, which carry blood to the kidney. The speed of blood flow through the arteries is measured and determines the degree of narrowing of the artery, which could result in kidney failure or high blood pressure (hypertension).
- Arterial and Venous Duplex Studies (Upper and Lower Extremeties) – This test is used to show how blood flows through the blood vessels and to reveal and blockages, detecting the presence, location, and severity of arterial and venous vascular diseases. A duplex ultrasound can help diagnose the following conditions:
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Deep venous thrombosis (DVT)
- Aortic Aneurysms
- Thyroid Ultrasound – This test uses sound waves to make images of the thyroid gland in order to examine it for potential abnormalities. This test can detect the presence of a cyst, nodule, or tumor and can provide the physician with valuable information such as:
- if a growth is fluid filled or solid
- the number of growths
- where the growths are located
- whether a growth has distinct boundaries
- blood flow to the growth