One of the most innovative – and celebrated – imaging systems is accomplished through ultrasonography. Using sound waves, the NY radiologists can produce internal images within a patient’s body.
East River Medical Imaging, NY has some of the most innovative equipment on hand in ultrasonography in NYC. Since its inception in 1985, East River’s team of experienced professionals has gathered to ensure the most up to date services are available to patients. The GE Logic 400 Ultrasound gives patients a first-hand, real-time view of their soon-to-be born child using methods in sound wave technology. Through sonar activity, the GE Logic 400 captures images for patients and radiologists to experience and evaluate together.
Dr. Richard Katz and ultrasound specialist, Dr. Morton Schneider have ensured the patient gets the most care and information – whether it be to future parents or a patient’s who want a colonoscopy to detect various kinds of colon cancer or abdominal cancers. The ultrasound technology at the East River Radiology Clinic in New York is second to none and their team of leading diagnostic professionals will make your experience a comfortable and insightful one.
There are two kinds of untrasonography: obstetric and pelvis. Of the two, the obstetric ultrasound has become synonymous for producing images for soon-to-be parents, generating an image of a growing fetus within pregnant women. High-frequency sound waves are sent into the body where the sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No x-ray is involved in ultrasound imaging.
Ultrasonography New York is based on the principles of sonar. As a controlled sound bounces against objects, its echoing waves can be used to identify how far away the object is, how large it is, its shape and its internal consistency.
By using sound, the ultrasound creates can produce an image based on pitch and echo. For obstetric ultrasound, when the transducer is pressed against the skin, it directs a stream of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the lower abdomen and pelvis – ideal for patients looking to have an abdomen scan, but not ideal for those looking to have a brain scan. As the sound waves echo from the fetus and surrounding structures in the uterus, the sensitive microphone in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound's pitch and direction. These signature waves are instantly measured and displayed by a computer, which in turn creates an image of the fetus. The live images of the examination can be recorded on videotape. In addition, still frames of the moving picture are usually "frozen" to capture a series of images. Conventional ultrasound displays the images as cross-sections. 3-D ultrasound is the result of modern computer technology that can reformat data into three-dimensional images. 4-D ultrasound is 3-D ultrasound in motion.
Most ultrasonography devices also have an audio component that processes the echoes produced by blood flowing through the fetal heart, blood vessels and umbilical cord. This sound can be made audible to human ears and soon-to-be parents can have the opportunity to hear the new physiology of the pregnant woman’s – and child’s – body.
For women, pelvic ultrasound is most often used to examine the uterus and ovaries and, during pregnancy, to monitor the health and development of the embryo or fetus. In men, a pelvic ultrasound usually focuses on the bladder and the prostate gland. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, so they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, such as the flow of blood in arteries and veins. Ultrasound images can also help radiologists evaluate to ovarian cysts and uterine cancers. Other indications include evaluation of the uterine cavity looking for uterine abnormalities or scars.
A pelvic ultrasound exam can help to identify stones, tumors and other disorders in the urinary bladder in both men and women. It can also be used to guide procedures and biopsies in which a cell sample from an abnormal area is needed for laboratory testing.
There are three methods of performing pelvic ultrasound: abdominal, vaginal in women, and rectal in men. The same principles of high-frequency sound apply in each technique. Each method has its advantages. The transabdominal approach offers an expanded view of the entire pelvis, showing where one internal structure is in relation to another. Since the transducer is brought closer to the area being examined in the transvaginal and transrectal approaches, improved visualization may be achieved. Thus, it can be helpful in locating the embryonic heartbeat in an early pregnancy, evaluating the uterine texture, or measuring a cyst in an ovary. Your physician or New York radiologist will decide whether one or a combination of approaches is best for your particular case.
When the examination is complete, the patient may be asked to dress and wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed, either on film or on a monitor. Often, though, your NY radiologist is able to review the ultrasound images in real time as they are acquired, and the patient can be released immediately.