Ultrasound technology is the safest form of diagnostic imaging you can have, with no reported occurrences of adverse effects on patients. It’s also an excellent diagnostic tool used by experienced primary care physician Mohammad A. Haque, MD, in Houston, Texas. The range of advanced ultrasound services available includes vascular ultrasound, echocardiograms, and stress tests. To take advantage of these exceptional technologies, call Dr. Haque today or book an appointment online.
Ultrasounds are diagnostic imaging technologies, sometimes called sonography. An ultrasound creates precise images of your internal organs, blood vessels, and other soft tissues.
The ultrasound machine has a handpiece called a transducer that sends out soundwaves into your body. You won’t hear anything as the soundwaves are outside the range for human ears to pick up.
When the soundwaves meet soft tissues, they bounce back. This creates a pattern that computer software translates into an image. Standard ultrasounds produce two-dimensional images, but it’s possible to get three-dimensional ultrasounds as well.
Dr. Haque views the images the ultrasound creates on a monitor. This helps him diagnose a range of conditions, so he can create an appropriate treatment plan.
One type of ultrasound Dr. Haque may perform is one that looks at your thyroid gland in your neck. It’s used to check for nodules or other abnormalities of the thyroid gland.
There are other kinds of ultrasound, too, including abdominal and vascular ultrasounds.
A common type is the abdominal or pelvic ultrasound, which produces images of the internal organs in your abdomen. This might be used to check your liver or gallbladder, and is also the kind of ultrasound that shows images of developing babies in the womb.
Vascular ultrasound is a type of ultrasound that shows blood moving through your veins or arteries. Venous and arterial ultrasound uses Doppler signals that bounce off red blood cells as they move through blood vessels. These help Dr. Haque to measure the speed of blood flowing through your blood vessels. Doppler ultrasound highlights problems with blood pressure or blood flow in key places like the carotid artery in your neck.
The other principal use of ultrasound technology is in checking the health of your heart. Ultrasound used in this way is called an echocardiogram.
There are several different kinds of echocardiogram:
This type of echocardiogram is like the standard abdominal ultrasound. It uses a transducer to produce ultrasound beams that go through your chest and bounce off your heart to produce images.
Transesophageal echocardiograms provide an even clearer image of your heart. They’re different than transthoracic echocardiograms because the transducer is inserted down into your esophagus so that it gets very close to your heart.
Both of these kinds of echocardiograms might also use Doppler soundwaves to show blood flow.
If your symptoms only occur when you’re exercising or otherwise physically active, you might need to undergo a cardiopulmonary exercise stress test.
This involves using a treadmill or exercise bike to increase your heart rate. Once it reaches the point where you’re experiencing symptoms, an ultrasound is performed to provide Dr. Haque with a better view of what’s happening in your heart to cause these effects.
If your condition means you’re unable to exercise, you can still undergo the test by receiving a medication that makes your heart beat faster, as though you were exercising.
These ultrasound services are all available by appointment with Mohammad A. Haque, MD. Call today or book an appointment online.