Patient FAQs

29 09, 2017

What is ultrasound?

By |2017-10-16T14:29:51-07:00September 29th, 2017||0 Comments

Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses an instrument called a transducer that emits high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to human ears, and records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. This information is relayed in real time to produce images on [...]

28 09, 2017

What should I expect?

By |2017-10-16T14:30:10-07:00September 28th, 2017||0 Comments

You will be directed to a quiet room for the exam. With all of our ultrasound exams, gel will be applied to the area of interest. The sonographer will begin to acquire ultrasound images and audio recordings by precisely moving the transducer around. The sonographer will be viewing these images on a monitor and will [...]

27 09, 2017

How should I prepare?

By |2017-10-16T14:30:40-07:00September 27th, 2017||0 Comments

There is not much preparation when coming in for an ultrasound exam. Eat, drink, and take your medications, if any, unless your doctor specifies otherwise. The only exam that we ask you for fast 4 hours before coming in is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound.

26 09, 2017

How is the ultrasound exam performed?

By |2017-10-16T14:30:54-07:00September 26th, 2017||0 Comments

The procedure begins with the patient lying down on the examination table as a water based gel is applied to the area on the body that will be observed. The transducer is kept firmly against the skin and is swept back and forth across the area to allow for the most detailed observation possible.

23 09, 2017

Why should I have the HeartSmart scan?

By |2017-10-16T14:33:34-07:00September 23rd, 2017||0 Comments

Measurement of carotid intimal-media thickness (CIMT or IMT) is one of the best methods for detecting the early stages of vascular disease. CIMT measures the buildup of the atherosclerosis that starts in the arterial wall. Detected early, the progression of atherosclerosis in the arterial wall can be arrested and reversed with proper treatment that may [...]

22 09, 2017

How is HeartSmart Imaging Performed?

By |2017-10-16T14:33:23-07:00September 22nd, 2017||0 Comments

Scanning of the carotid arteries is performed by a trained technician using a state-of-the-art GE medical device. A video recording is taken of the carotid arteries, uploaded to our Heart Smart server, and reviewed frame by frame to assess the thickness of the arterial wall (CIMT), Stenosis, and plaque character. A full color report is [...]