Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and directing treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions.
Most ultrasound examinations are done using an ultrasound device outside your body, though some involve placing a small device inside your body.
Types of Ultrasounds we offer
- OB/GYN – 3D & 4D OB ultrasound
(JMHS will be offering an elective vascular screening in the near future – stay tuned for more info)
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Ultrasound is used to screen for the existence of an aneurysm (enlargement and weakening of the walls) in the abdominal aorta. Progression of this condition can lead to a ruptured aortic artery which is a potentially life-threatening situation.
Carotid Artery Screening (For Narrowing and Plaque Buildup)
Ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries screens for buildup of fatty plaque — one of the leading causes of strokes. Plaque buildup in the carotid arteries decreases blood flow to the brain and can result in other symptoms including weakness in the face or limbs, trouble speaking or understanding, vision loss, dizziness, or severe headaches.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening
Uses ultrasound to check for plaque build-up in the legs which can cause reduced blood flow to the legs and result in weakness, coldness, numbness, or pain and cramping in the legs and feet. Progression of this disease can lead to skin color changes or ulcers forming on the legs and feet. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can also show movement and velocities of blood flowing through the blood vessels which aids in detecting vascular diseases. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging. The entire screening will take approximately 1 hour.
Risk factors for these vascular-related conditions include smoking, age 60+, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes, certain heart conditions, and family history and genetics.
If detected early, intervention can be performed to reduce the risk of aneurysm, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Ultrasound services are available Monday through Friday. All Ultrasound exams must be ordered by a provider. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 320-769-4323 to make an appointment with your provider.