Ultrasound Scans- Is it Only for Pregnancy Cases?
Although the first thought that comes to our mind when we hear the word ultrasound is pregnancy, it is not so in reality. Ultrasound can be ordered by the doctor for many other reasons including when the patient has pain, swelling, or other symptoms which require the internal organs to be viewed in order to find out their exact cause and decide upon the right course of treatment.
But yes, for an expectant mother, ultrasound scans do play the role of showing some of the earliest pictures of her unborn child.
So, let us start simply by understanding what ultrasound is and how it works: An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses technology of high-frequency sound waves, similar to the ones used by sonar and radar, to capture live images of the inside of the body. It is also known as sonography. Since the procedure does not use radiation, it is best preferred for viewing the developing fetus during pregnancy.
It allows the doctor to see internal organs like the bladder, brain (in infants), eyes, gallbladder, kidneys, liver, ovaries, pancreas, spleen, thyroid, testicles, uterus, and blood vessels without making an incision, i.e. performing exploratory surgery. It also helps the surgeons to direct their movements during certain medical procedures.
How to prepare for an ultrasound?
Although the steps to prepare for an ultrasound mostly depend on the area or organ that is being examined, there are still some common dos and don’ts:-
In case of ultrasound of abdomen, the patient must fast for 8-12 hours before the scheduled time of procedure.
Usually, the patient is advised to drink lots of water before a bladder exam so that it is full and easily viewed during the procedure.
Always ask your doctor, at Ayushman Hospital and Health Service, about any prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, or herbal supplements that you might take before the exam.
Always follow the doctor’s instructions and clear any queries you may have BEFORE the procedure.
What comes after the exam?
Following the exam, your doctor at Ayushman Hospital and Health Service, will review the scans and check for any abnormalities or changes. Then, they will discuss their findings with you in a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, it may be decided whether you need to undergo further diagnostics tests for a specific region or, in case your doctor has already made a diagnosis of your conditions, the further course of treatment will be decided upon immediately.
At Ayushman Hospital and Health Service, we strive to provide our clients with the best hi-tech labs and most experienced staff and hence, we do not compromise on any part in terms of our services.