Tuesday, July 30, 2019

5 Ultrasound Myth Busted

Going by titles like cardiac sonographer, ultrasound technician, diagnostic medical sonographers perform various functions with one common purpose: they offer a window to the inside workings of the body and play an important role in helping doctors evaluate, treat, and diagnose patients.

An ultrasound or diagnostic medical sonography in NY is a way of taking images inside the body. A piece of equipment known as a transducer creates an image by transmitting and receiving high-frequency sound waves.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to climb an impressive 46% nationwide from 2012 to 2022. That makes it the sixth fastest-growing occupations in the country.

Working for several years in the field, I have come across many false statements and confusion regarding ultrasound. Below mentioned are some of them:

  • A sonogram is different than an ultrasound: True and false- The words have different meanings but are used to refer to the same type of process. Ultrasound is the actual exam or name of the process while sonogram is a picture produced from the ultrasound process.
  • Ultrasound is used to take pictures of babies in utero: There is a lot more that can be seen than just babies. There are various healthcare settings out there that scan a large variety of structures in the body. For example, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas. Kidneys and bladder can also be evaluated using ultrasound. 
  • You cannot eat before an ultrasound procedure: Not all times you have to be without food and drink. Depending on what part of the body has to be examined, some structures in the body make it mandatory to fast for some hours. This allows the doctor to visualize the area properly.
  • You need to have a full bladder: Not all ultrasound exams need your child's bladder to be full. In case the doctors are evaluating the bladder itself, it is better to have it full, for example when checking the kidneys and bladder during a renal ultrasound. When scheduling an exam requiring a full bladder, you will be given certain guidelines as to the amount and time your child will need to drink before the process gets started.
  • The ultrasound technologist can give you details about the results: Although the ultrasound technician knows about anatomy and disease procedures, pictures are reviewed or examined by the radiologist itself. Because it is the final word of the radiologist that matters, an ultrasound technician cannot discuss the results. That way, any questions you have about the results, it can be discussed with the doctor if required.

These are some of the common myths that people have about sonography. We hope this blog has helped you learn about the procedure of  Diagnostic medical sonography in New York.

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