An ultrasound is a high-frequency soundwave that can create images from inside the body. It is a commonly ordered diagnostic imaging tool used for screening and examining organs and tissues. It is often used to assist and guide doctors performing other medical procedures, such as biopsies. An ultrasound is painless and does not expose patients to any radiation.
We specialize in both screening and diagnostic vascular ultrasound, including aortic aneurysm screening and follow-up post-aneurysm repair, evaluation of vascular access complications, arterial bypass graft surveillance, renal artery stenosis, venous thrombosis, and venous reflux.We also provide evaluation of dialysis fistulas and grafts, native peripheral arteries, and peripheral arterial disease.
We have recently introduced two new ultrasound clinical applications that incorporate the latest advancements in technology: Elastography to assess liver fibrosis, and contrast-enhanced ultrasound of liver masses.
Elastography to assess liver fibrosis
This technique allows doctors to evaluate fibrosis in the liver while simultaneously assessing the liver with regular ultrasound to check for masses and other abnormalities.
Noninvasive, image-guided elastography of the liver can accurately detect liver fibrosis, allowing patients with chronic liver disease to be safely monitored and avoid the risks associated with liver biopsy.
We are also investigating elastography of lesions to determine if this technique can be used to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound of liver masses
The intravenous injection of microbubbles (tiny bubbles of gas), in combination with ultrasound, allows physicians to determine if a liver lesion is benign or malignant.
This method can determine the risk of developing cancer or recurrence of a tumor in at-risk patients with cirrhosis, or those who have been treated with chemo or radiofrequency ablation for liver tumors.
A relatively noninvasive procedure, this provides an alternative to the more invasive and costly computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams.
We also perform many other services, such as:
Fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid, parathyroid, and soft tissue masses
Thyroid and parathyroid imaging
Lymph node mapping prior to thyroidectomy, and screening for metastatic disease after a thyroidectomy
Musculoskeletal ultrasound for ligament and tendon tears and joint abnormalities
Evaluation of the anal sphincter and rectal cancer staging with transrectal ultrasound using the 360° Endorectal Probe
Gynecological ultrasound, including first-trimester imaging, ovarian cancer screening, sonohysterography (ultrasound of the uterus), HyCoSy (ultrasound of the fallopian tubes), and other gynecologic imaging exams