An ultrasound is a high-frequency sound wave that can create images from inside the body. It is a commonly ordered diagnostic imaging tool used for screening, and to examine and evaluate 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 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 very latest advancements in technology. Both are recently FDA approved:
- Elastography to assess liver fibrosis:
- This is a relatively new ultrasound elastography technique that allows doctors to evaluate fibrosis in the liver while simultaneously assessing the liver with regular ultrasound to check for masses and other abnormalities.
- Offering image-guided elastography of the liver is immensely beneficial since accurate assessment of liver fibrosis using this non-invasive technique allows patients with chronic liver disease to be safely monitored and avoid the risks associated with liver biopsy.
- We are also assessing elastography of lesions to determine if this technique can be used to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.
- Contrast enhanced ultrasound of liver masses:
- Intravenous injection of microbubbles (tiny bubble of gas) in combination with ultrasound allows us to determine if a liver lesion is benign or malignant.
- This method offers patients with cirrhosis who are at risk for developing liver cancer or who have been treated with chemo- or radiofrequency ablation for liver tumors, to have a relatively non-invasive procedure to determine the risk of developing cancer or recurrence of a tumor.
- This procedure is an alternative to the more invasive, riskier, and costly computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams that are routinely performed.
- We one of the few places in Connecticut to offer this service to our patients, beginning in September 2016.
- Although not as yet FDA approved for other applications, we anticipate expanded use of contrast enhanced ultrasound to diagnose masses in the kidneys, breast, and elsewhere.
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. We are one of only a few radiology departments in Connecticut to perform this procedure.
- Gynecological ultrasound, including first trimester imaging, ovarian cancer screening, sonohyterography (ultrasound of the uterus), HyCoSy (ultrasound of the fallopian tubes) and other gynecologic imaging exams