Diagnostic sonography has become a highly important medical tool offering a safe and non-invasive method of providing important medical information for doctors in many disciplines. Known by most of us simply as an ultrasound, this technology uses sound waves to create an image. While we tend to think of ultrasounds as a useful tool for obstetricians, many other types of doctors use ultrasound machines.
For example, ultrasound equipment is especially helpful in the field of cardiology. This type of ultrasound is known as an echocardiogram or echo and it can help doctors diagnose many heart problems. Doctors can see pictures of the heart’s structures as well as being able to assess flow of blood through the heart. There are several different types of echocardiograms, including a transthoracic echocardiogram which is one of the most commonly used types of echocardiograms. If a picture is unclear with a transthoracic echo, a doctor might schedule a transesophageal echo, which is an ultrasound that is passed down into the esophagus of the patient.
Along those same lines, emergency room doctors often use ultrasounds to help them quickly diagnose a patient in a trauma situation. An ultrasound is used to check for a pericardial effusion, which is the collecting of fluid in the pericardial cavity that rests next to the heart. If there is too much fluid, this can cause serious problems with heart function. ER doctors also use ultrasounds to check for damage on abdominal organs after a patient has suffered a severe trauma such a vehicle accident.
Gastroenterologists also frequently use abdominal sonography to diagnose a host of problems. The Philips ultrasound or GE ultrasound or perhaps a Toshiba ultrasound machine provides high quality images of many organs such as the liver, pancreas, kidneys, gall bladder and spleen. Even problems with the appendix sometimes can be seen using an ultrasound machine.
An ophthalmologist also will use two specific types of ultrasound scans as diagnostic aids for a variety of vision disorders. An A-scan ultrasound provides data about the length of a person’s eye, which can be quite helpful when combined with a measurement of the curvature of the cornea. For instance, normal eye length is about 24 millimeters and if the measurement is above 30, this often means that a patient has myopia or what we call short-sighted. Another helpful eye ultrasound is called a B-scan ocular ultrasound and this can be used and can help a doctor diagnose problems such as cataracts or glaucoma.
Many other types of doctors use ultrasound technology including anesthesiologists, neurologists, urologists and even veterinarians. Unlike exploratory surgery or x-rays and other types of scans, an ultrasound is a safe, easy and non-invasive way to search for serious medical problems. At All Imaging Systems, we support medical professionals by offering comprehensive on-site repair of all brands of ultrasound equipment. We also sell replacement parts and all types of ultrasound systems, both new and refurbished. For more than 20 years, we have been the leading experts in the ultrasound equipment industry.