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Abdominal ultrasound

Ultrasound technology

allows doctors to ‘‘see’’ inside a patient without resorting to surgery, It has great advantage over x-ray imaging technologies in that it does not damage tissues with ionizing radiation.

How Ultrasound technology works?

A transmitter sends sound waves into the body, where they bounce off the different tissues and organs. A receiver sends  the returning echo pattern to a computer, which translates the data into an image on a television screen.

How Ultrasound used in case of puncture wounds?

In the case of puncture wounds, from a bullet for example, ultrasound can locate the foreign object and provide a preliminary survey of the damage. The easy portability and versatility of ultrasound technology has brought it into common emergency room use, and even into limited ambulance service.

When to order an Ultrasound for a patient?

Abdominal ultrasound generally is warranted for patients afflicted with: chronic or acute abdominal pain; abdominal trauma; an obvious or suspected abdominal mass; symptoms of liver disease, pancreatic disease, gallstones, spleen disease, kidney disease and urinary blockage; or symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Abdominal pain. 

Whether acute or chronic, pain can signal a serious problem from organ malfunction or injury to the presence of malignant growths. Ultrasound scanning can help doctors quickly sort through potential causes when presented with general or ambiguous symptoms. All of the major abdominal organs can be studied for signs of disease that appear as changes in size, shape and internal structure.

Abdominal trauma. 

After a serious accident, such as a car crash or a fall, internal bleeding from injured abdominal organs is often the most serious threat to survival. Neither the injuries nor the bleeding are immediately apparent. Ultrasound is very useful as an initial scan when abdominal trauma is suspected, and it can be used to pinpoint the location, cause, and severity of hemorrhaging. In the case of puncture wounds, from a bullet for example, ultrasound can locate the foreign object and provide a preliminary survey of the damage. The easy portability and versatility of ultrasound technology has brought it into common emergency room use, and even into limited ambulance service.

Abdominal mass. 

Abnormal growths—tumors, cysts, abscesses, scar tissue and accessory organs can be located and tentatively identified with ultrasound. In particular, potentially malignant solid tumors can be distinguished from benign fluid-filled cysts and abscesses. Masses and malformations in any organ or part of the abdomen can be found.

Abdominal ultrasound

Ultrasound technology

allows doctors to ‘‘see’’ inside a patient without resorting to surgery, It has great advantage over x-ray imaging technologies in that it does not damage tissues with ionizing radiation.

How Ultrasound technology works?

A transmitter sends sound waves into the body, where they bounce off the different tissues and organs. A receiver sends  the returning echo pattern to a computer, which translates the data into an image on a television screen.

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