Ultrasound at Arizona Urology Specialists
An ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and blood vessels. With ultrasound, there is no radiation involved. Ultrasound uses a special gel and a transducer, which sends out sound waves and then receives the waves back again. These sound waves are converted to images that are displayed on a monitor and are then stored and sent to your urologist to interpret. Medical ultrasound an invaluable tool for detecting abnormalities or assuring doctors of normal anatomy by using a safe and easy test for patients regardless of age.
Ultrasound provides our physicians with speedy diagnostic tools to support the patient treatment plan. Most results are available the same day the ultrasound test is performed. All imaging is done by specially-trained sonographers in our convenient outpatient settings.
Who Performs the Ultrasound Exam?
A sonogram is another term for an ultrasound. Ultrasound examinations at Arizona Urology Specialists are performed by a technologist called a sonographer. Our sonographers have highly specialized training and all hold the credentials of RDMS, which signifies that they are Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. In addition, they have passed rigorous training and maintain a high level of continuing medical education (CME).
Common Uses for Ultrasound
Because it is noninvasive and emits no radiation, ultrasound has become the test of choice to evaluate:
- The kidneys and organs surrounding it for any masses or unusual appearances such as swelling, tumors, or stones.
- The pelvis. With a full bladder, the ultrasound can see certain structures such as the bladder, bladder wall, and prostate.
- The scrotum for any masses such as testicular tumors and the surrounding contents for abnormalities such as varicoceles and hydroceles.