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Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
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Diagnostic Ultrasound (Overview)

Diagnostic ultrasound uses sound waves to characterize tissues of the body and does not involve irradiation.The frequencies used in diagnostic ultrasound are typically between 2 and 18 mhz. Sonography images tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs (kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, bladder, ovaries, testes babies in utero. Brain ultrasound is performed in infants.


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How important is a targeted diagnostic ultrasound ?

How important is a targeted diagnostic ultrasound ?

Very important: This ultrasound scans fetal organs and carefully studies the fetal anatomy. Also measures the development. It is really important and i would strongly recommended to have it done. It provides valuable information to physician and to the patient as well. ...Read more

Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
33 doctors shared insights

Diagnostic Ultrasound (Overview)

Diagnostic ultrasound uses sound waves to characterize tissues of the body and does not involve irradiation.The frequencies used in diagnostic ultrasound are typically between 2 and 18 mhz. Sonography images tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs (kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, bladder, ovaries, testes babies in utero. Brain ultrasound is performed in infants.


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What is the definition or description of: diagnostic ultrasound?

What is the definition or description of: diagnostic ultrasound?

Imaging with sound: Diagnostic ultrasound uses sound waves to characterize tissues of the body and does not involve irradiation.The frequencies used in diagnostic ultrasound are typically between 2 and 18 mhz. Sonography images tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs (kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, bladder, ovaries, testes babies in utero. Brain ultrasound is performed in infants. ...Read more

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I want to have diagnostic ultrasound by mfm expert. Should I self refer?

Talk to your OB: You should talk to your ob. You may have no indication for an mfm consult, and if you do have an indication - the mfm will likely want to have your prenatal records and information available as well as the abililty to communicate with your ob. ...Read more

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After a diagnostic mammogram & ultrasound, there is still concern from my dr.. I have a diagnostic ultrasound tomorrow. Is this normal?

After a diagnostic mammogram &  ultrasound, there is still concern from my dr.. I have a diagnostic ultrasound  tomorrow. Is this normal?

If you already: had a diagnostic mammo/ultrasound workup, it should have been evaluated by the radiologist while you were there, so it is somewhat unusual to be called back to repeat the ultrasound. However. It occasionally happens. ...Read more

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Is it typical to make you drink water for an hour for diagnostic ultrasound?

Is it typical to make you drink water for an hour for diagnostic ultrasound?

Yes, if.....: Yes, if you are having a pelvic/uterine or obstetrical ultrasound. ...Read more

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What is diagnostic ultrasound like for babies with spina bifida?

What is diagnostic ultrasound like for babies with spina bifida?

Like others: The ultrasound is like others performed with more specialized views of the region of interest. ...Read more

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Does a diagnostic ultrasound look for all birth defects? Over 40 and having my first kiddo. Will a diagnostic ultrasound at 22 weeks show all major forms of birth defect, or are there some that can only be detected by amnio or some other test?

Does a diagnostic ultrasound look for all birth defects? Over 40 and having my first kiddo.  Will a diagnostic ultrasound at 22 weeks show all major forms of birth defect, or are there some that can only be detected by amnio or some other test?

Many undetectable: or missed. The accuracy is operator-specific, but even the most talented prenatal ultrasonologists, both Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Radiology specialists, will miss the diagnosis of Down in an affected pregnancy. You are entitled to have testing for Down by a maternal blood test for fetal DNA, 99.9% accurate, with results in 4 to 7 days. Your age-specific risk is 1/100. Get genetic counseling. ...Read more

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Who does the reading from a diagnostic fetal ultrasound?

Who does the reading from a diagnostic fetal ultrasound?

Radiologist or MFM.: Only select radiology and maternal-fetal medicine specialists are trained and qualified to interpret prenatal ultrasound studies. ...Read more

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Who reads a diagnostic fetal ultrasound? I thought the doctor would be in the room during it.

Who reads a diagnostic fetal ultrasound? I thought the doctor would be in the room during it.

MD reads - may scan.: The physician (maternal-fetal medicine specialist or radiologist) will read all the studies that the sonographers capture and may scan personally as needed. ...Read more

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Diagnostic mammo & ultrasound found mass of breast lumps containing fluid, but 1 had fluid & debris. What does this mean?

Hemorrhagic Cyst: It is important to know that all of the "lumps" were either simple or minimally complex cysts. Please verify that with your doctor. Assuming that is true, the cyst containing fluid and debris is called a minimally complex cyst, and these are often due to hemorrhage. Clotted blood in the cyst is mostly water (the fluid part) and the clot (cells) are the debris. ...Read more

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Bi Rads 3 after diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. Follow up in 6 months. Should I have 2nd opinion to make sure Bi Rads 3 is accurate.

Bi Rads 3 after diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. Follow up in 6 months. Should I have 2nd opinion to make sure Bi Rads 3 is accurate.

If you: have questions or doubts about the report, try discussing it with your doctor and/or the interpreting radiologist. If you are not satisfied, you can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Diagnostic mamm and ultrasound showed what appreared to be fibroidadnoma but with lobulation at one end- had biopsy. What are chances this is cancer?

Diagnostic mamm and ultrasound showed what appreared to be fibroidadnoma but with lobulation at one end- had biopsy.  What are chances this is cancer?

Why guess...: ...When you can be 100% certain as soon as the pathology results return? More often than not, when it looks like a fibroadenoma, it turns out to be just that. Of course, if we were 100% certain, we wouldn't need to do a biopsy. This "limbo" time can be very difficult--try to occupy your thoughts with anything but the biopsy. I hope it all turns out well! ...Read more

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I had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound today. They found a hard mass behind my nipple. I was referred to the surgeon. Is it Cancer?

I had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound today. They found a hard mass behind my nipple. I was referred to the surgeon. Is it Cancer?

Biopsy: You have been referred to the surgeon most likely to organize a biopsy. A tissue sample can be taken from the mass to determine if it is benign or malignant. Most breast masses are benign but it is very important to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Mammogram yearly @ 65? Since 35, diagnostic, reg mam & ultrasound. Dx yrs ago fibrocystic. Punctuate calcifications both breasts. CT MRI 2xyr re CRC.

Mammogram yearly @ 65? Since 35,  diagnostic, reg mam & ultrasound. Dx yrs ago fibrocystic. Punctuate calcifications both breasts. CT MRI 2xyr re CRC.

Calcifications: Microcalcifications of the breasts are suspicious findings and usually require a minimally invasive breast biopsy. The majority of the biopsies will return a benign result but we can't assume that based on mammogram. MRI use in the US is very user dependent and should be reserved for high risk individuals or those with a proven cancer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

A screening: mammogram is a study of both breasts that is performed on asymptomatic women to try and detect signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram consists of special views, and is usually targeted to a specific area of the breast, to further evaluate a potential abnormality seen on screening mammo or felt on clinical exam. ...Read more

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For a shoulder/rotator cuff injury, what is the diagnostic difference between an ultrasound and an MRI? Which is preferred?

For a shoulder/rotator cuff injury, what is the diagnostic difference between an ultrasound and an MRI? Which is preferred?

Either test might: be appropriate. However, shoulder ultrasound is highly operator dependent and may be less readily available than MRI in some areas. ...Read more

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We thought I'm at 10w3 d, but ultrasound measures 5.03CRL and 11w6d. could this be correct?

We thought I'm at 10w3 d, but ultrasound measures 5.03CRL and 11w6d. could this be correct?

Yes: Early ultrasounds are very reliable for dating. The traditional method of dating from the first day of the last menstrual period is less so since ovulation may occur earlier or later and conception can occur a couple of days after ovulation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I was curious how far along i'd be if the ultrasound said 6.5 cm/1.3/27 Hz at the top of my picture. ?

I was curious how far along i'd be if the ultrasound said 6.5 cm/1.3/27 Hz at the top of my picture. ?

Sorry Mildred,: those numbers are most likely related to the ultrasound settings, (Depth/gain/frequency) Ask your OB or sonographer for your dates or measurements. In early pregnancy we measure crown-rump-length (CRL). Later, the fetal head diameter (biparietal diameter or BPD) from "ear-to-ear." Also look for abd. circumference (AC), head circum. (HC), or femur length (FL) since these are used more often. ...Read more

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How far off can dates be at an early ultrasound to be worried? I ovulated around day 16-17 but I calculated 6 wks a d 5 days. scan showed 6wks

How far off can dates be at an early ultrasound to be worried? I ovulated around day 16-17 but I calculated 6 wks a d 5 days. scan showed 6wks

Same thing: The ultrasound is only accurate within plus or minus two weeks. The ultrasound and your calculations are merely "estimates" of gestational age at this early point. ...Read more

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Are baby gender ultrasounds accurate? Is there any chance that an ultrasound showing my baby's gender is wrong? I'd hate to completely prepare for a b?

Depends on variables: I would never decorate my nursery based on a baby gender ultrasound. Those done around 20 weeks are likely to be accurate in the hands of a skilled technician, but the boy parts must decide to show themselves or they may be overlooked.I've heard of more moms being surprised by boys than girls. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more