About Our Ultrasound Services
GE Logiq 9 features Tru-Access, enabling this GE exclusive machine to utilize raw data in every stage of the ultrasound study, from taking the image, to projecting it on the color touch screen computer, to long term storage. Saving your images in raw data form ensures that as technology advances, the raw data can be accessed in its original form without loss in quality.
Our ultrasound machine also includes Code Scan, Smart Scan, and Comfort Scan features. Our fourth generation Code Scan technology drastically increases resolution in several ways, enabling our physicians to improve in the following processes:
- Improved visualization of true hemodynamic flow with high velocity visualization
- Deeper penetration into the body using lower frequencies
- Greater detail and contrast resolution
Smart Scan helps acquire the best image possible in the shortest amount of time and helps obtain consistent images by reducing variation in an operator- dependent environment. Finally, Comfort Scan equips our machine with user-friendly features make it easier to acquire quality images.
- About Ultrasound
- About the Procedure
- Why Advanced Radiology
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves and their echoes to create visual images of internal anatomical structures. Similar to echolocation used by bats, dolphins, and whales, ultrasound sends sound waves into the body and receives information about internal structures based on the intensity and frequency of returned vibrations.
How Does an Ultrasound Machine work?
There are three components to an ultrasound machine: a transducer probe, a CPU (central processing unit), and a display. The transducer probe sends sound waves into your body. When the sound wave hits a boundary designated by a change of the type of tissue, i.e. fluid to soft tissue or soft tissue to bone, it is reflected back to the probe. The probe transmits the waves to the CPU. The CPU interprets the intensity and frequency of each sound wave to determine the distance the probe is from the body structures and the relative densities of each structure.
This information is translated onto a computer screen that displays images for radiologists to study.
How Does the Transducer Probe Work?
The probe uses piezoelectric quartz crystals to generate and receive sound waves. To begin an ultrasound, an electrical signal is applied to these crystals. This causes these tiny crystals to change shapes rapidly, creating sound wave vibrations that travel into your body. When the waves hit a change of tissue in the body, some of the waves are reflected back towards the probe.
When the waves hit the probe, the sound waves cause the crystals to emit electrical currents. These electrical signals then travel to the CPU and are interpreted.
What is Doppler Ultrasound?
Doppler ultrasound is a particular type of ultrasound based upon the Doppler effect. When the object reflecting the ultrasound waves is moving, it changes the frequency of the echoes, creating a higher frequency if it is moving toward the probe and a lower frequency if it is moving away from the probe. Frequency variation depends upon how fast the object is moving. Using the change in frequency, Doppler ultrasound calculates how fast an object is moving. Doppler ultrasound is most commonly used to measure the rate of blood flow through the heart and major arteries.
Is Ultrasound Harmful?
No! There are no confirmed side effects from ultrasound. The main advantage of ultrasound is that certain structures can be observed without using radiation. Ultrasound is also a quicker procedure than taking X-rays.
What Should I Expect During My Exam?
1. Advanced Radiology Staff will be ready to help you at the time of your appointment
2. You will be greeted with a smile and made comfortable by Advanced Radiology Staff. Any of your questions will be answered.
3. You will be asked to remove your clothes over the area of interest.
4. The ultrasonographer will drape a cloth over any exposed areas that are not needed for the exam.
5. The ultrasonographer will apply a mineral oil-based jelly to your skin -- this jelly eliminates air between the probe and your
skin to help pass the sound waves into your body.
6. The ultrasonographer will cover the probe with a plastic cover.
7. He/she will pass the probe over your skin to obtain the required images.
8. You may be asked to change positions to get better looks at the area of interest.
9. After the images have been acquired and measurements taken, the data is sent to your Doctor immediately (the SAME-DAY).
10. You will be given a towel to clean up and then you get dressed.
How Do I Schedule an Ultrasound?
Call Advanced Radiology at (573) 442-1788 and ask if you can schedule an appointment for an ultrasound. We will be happy to help answer any additional questions.
Why Choose Advanced Radiology Over Other Options?
Closely located to many of the physicians in town, you can visit your primary care physician then conveniently drive right down the street to our imaging center. Your privacy and care are our concern as you can drive right up and park at the front door. You avoid the “hospital” environment as you briefly lounge in our fireside waiting room and sip some complimentary coffee or tea. Our facility provides a comfortable, private environment with friendly technologists.
Your study is done efficiently and is reviewed by a board certified radiologist. Results are faxed or called to your doctor that SAME DAY. We also often consult your doctor over the phone to eliminate miscommunications in your report. Once again, we offer fast, convenient, accurate, SAME DAY diagnostics and a report back to your doctor that day.
Why would I use Ultrasound at Advanced Radiology?
Obstetrics and Gynecology
If you are pregnant, ultrasound is strongly recommended to check the health of your baby. Specifically, ultrasound can determine:
- If your baby is a boy or girl
- Your baby’s due date
- The health of your fetus
- If you are at risk for ectopic pregnancy, the life-threatening situation in which the baby is implanted in the mothers fallopian tubes instead of in the uterus.
- Whether there is an appropriate amount of amniotic fluid cushioning the baby
- Evaluate for tumors in your ovary and/or breast
- Screening for congenital abnormalities using AIUM national standards
- Measure blood flow through the kidney
- See kidney stones
- Detect position, obstruction, infection of the kidneys
- Look for neural artery stenosis
- Look for and evaluate nodules
- Thyroid biopsies
- Evaluate stenosis and arteriosclerosis
- Look for causes of stroke
- Doppler Ultrasound
- Waveform analysis
- Breast biopsy
- Breast cyst aspiration
- Look for gallstones
- Evaluate liver, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, and IVC
- Detect abdominal aneurysms
- Evaluate for presence of clots
- Detect reason for leg or arm swelling and edema
- Ultrasound- guided biopsies-breast, thyroid and lymph nodes
Most common Ultrasound and Doppler procedures preformed by Advanced Radiology
- Abdomen Complete (GB, Liver, Pancreas, Renal, Spleen)
- Breast RT or LT o’clock area of Interest
- Breast Cyst Aspiration RT or LT Carotid Doppler
- OB 1st Trimester
- OB 2nd and 3rd Trimester
- Pelvis with Transvaginal
- Renal Artery Doppler
- Thyroid Biopsy RT or LT