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Doctor insights on: Is A Sonogram And Ultrasound The Same Thing

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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


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Is there any difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound? Is there any difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound? I've heard gfs refer to both things. Are they the same or different procedures?

Is there any difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound? Is there any difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound? I've heard gfs refer to both things. Are they the same or different procedures?

Same exam: Here is a link to detailed information on ultrasonograpy, also called sonography including information on how the procedure is performed.
http://www. Uchospitals. Edu/online-library/content=p01298. ...Read more

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How early will a sonogram ultrasound detect a heartbeat?

Early: Depends how the ultrasound is performed (through the vagina, or through the abdomen). Through the vagina, you can possibly see it by 4 weeks, but must see it by 7-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How do doctors get the sex wrong on a sonogram / ultrasound ?

How do doctors get the sex wrong on a sonogram / ultrasound ?

Not always easy 2 do: Best images of a fetus are obtained by being able to get multiple views of the baby 'parts'/in right position/through thin layers of the abdominal wall of the expectant woman. It is best to not get the family excited and expect that gender will be determined on an early ultrasound. If 'boy parts' are seen in the second or third trimester, then it probably is a boy. What does this photo tell y'all? ...Read more

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How helpful is a pelvic sonogram (ultrasound) in diagnosis of endometriosis?

How helpful is a pelvic sonogram (ultrasound) in diagnosis of endometriosis?

Endo dx: Only of there is a mass, ultrsound is very non specific tool. Laparoscopy continues to be the gold standard for the diagnosis of endometriosis. ...Read more

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What is the lowest number of days it is possible after ConceptioN, to see a gestational sac with cells attached to the wall, on a sonogram/ultrasound?

What is the lowest number of days it is possible after ConceptioN, to see a gestational sac with cells attached to the wall, on a sonogram/ultrasound?

Once betaHCG >1000: Blood levels of betaHCG are better and often more reliable than last menstrual period (LMP) or suspected "conception day" and best correlated with the sonographic findings of current transvaginal ultrasound. Once the betaHCG levels pass 1000mIU/ml, most skilled sonographer may detect a small intrauterine gestational sac, as a first sonographic finding. ...Read more

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How much ultrasound training must a perinatologist have in order to be reimbursed for performing and interpreting a fetal sonogram?

How much ultrasound training must a perinatologist have in order to be reimbursed for performing and interpreting a fetal sonogram?

Ultrasound training: A perinatologist spends three years doing a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine. During that 3 year training, a significant amount of time is spent learning fetal ultrasound. ...Read more

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I just had sonogram/ultrasound on my pelvic. I don't have a reg ob/gyno, can sombody read my results and please tell me what it means?

I just had sonogram/ultrasound on my pelvic. I don't have a reg ob/gyno, can sombody read my results and please tell me what it means?

No...: A good, true interpretation requires reading it with all the background knowledge of the subject, their history, why the test was ordered, and correlating it with findings on an exam. I would assume that the dr. Ordering the test would be the one to give you the results. But will suggest that if the test was done due to specific concerns, it is time to find a primary care doctor to review it with. ...Read more

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In my kidney ultrasound the result is normal size of kidneys with bilateral diffuse parenchymal disease, normal sonogram of the urinary bladder.

In my kidney ultrasound the result is normal size of kidneys with bilateral diffuse parenchymal disease, normal sonogram of the urinary bladder.

Not sure: What the question is, but there are numerous potential causes for abnormal appearing kidneys on ultrasound. Best to speak with your doctor about the results. The results have to be interpreted in the context of your entire clinical picture, the appearance on ultrasound is entirely nonspecific. ...Read more

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Had ovarian cyst rupture on 9/9. Latest transvag ultrasound & sonogram show no more fluid. No endometriosis. Why do I have pain especially when driving?

Had ovarian cyst rupture on 9/9. Latest transvag ultrasound & sonogram show no more fluid. No endometriosis. Why do I have pain especially when driving?

Endo & Ultrasound: Ultrasound can not diagnose endometriosis, only laparoscopic verification. You might have endometriosis. See videos on www. Mdv1.Com. ...Read more

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Is a venous ultrasound another name for sonogram to examine presence of blood clot in varicose vein? They different tests?

Is a venous ultrasound another name for sonogram to examine presence of blood clot in varicose vein? They different tests?

Venous ultrasound: Is the same as a venous sonogram. It can be used to look for blood clots in the deep veins and those closer to the skin. It can be used to assess varicose veins when there is a plan to treat them. ...Read more

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Do you feel that most older adults would possibly benefit from a venous ultrasound/sonogram screen to see if there are dangerous blood clots in legs?

Do you feel that most older adults would possibly benefit from a venous ultrasound/sonogram screen to see if there are dangerous blood clots in legs?

Screening ultrasound: There is really no benefit to screening for blood clots in older adults. If there are signs of blood clots and risk factors for developing clots (immobility, malignancy, blood disorders, certain medications) then it is reasonable to check for blood clots. Blood thinners in older adults are not harmless, so without clear indications to start them, they should be avoided. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor order a lower lumbar x-Ray for an ovarian cyst (2-3in)? I've already had a positive CT scan and ultrasound/sonogram.

Why would my doctor order a lower lumbar x-Ray for an ovarian cyst (2-3in)? I've already had a positive CT scan and ultrasound/sonogram.

Not sure?: An X-ray of the lumbar spine is not usually necessary for the evaluation of an ovarian cyst. Perhaps you mentioned having back pain? If not, then I'm not certain why it was ordered. Best to ask your doctor. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. ...Read more

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Fatty thing in kidney revealed in ultrasound. Still having pain?

More info: You might need more imaging to see. Fatty lesions on the kidney can include angiomyolipomas which can be painful. Have you had an mri? ...Read more

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Testicular pain, only thing ultrasound showed was varicoceoles, could this be the cause of the pain?

Maybe: If the testicle itself hurts, it's not from the varicocele. Varicocele pain is higher in scrotum worse the longer you're on your feet or exercising. ...Read more

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Can a cat scan do the same thing as a vaginal internal ultrasound?

No.: Transvvaginal ultrasound is usually the best way to evaluate the femal reproductive system. Ct is not as good for looking at the uterus, ovaries and endometrium. Occaisionally, we use MRI to help with complex cases, or ct to problem solve. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a ultrasound for kidney? I have microscopic hematuria. Urine 500++

Is there such thing as a ultrasound for kidney? I have microscopic hematuria. Urine 500++

Yes: Ultrasound of the kidney is relatively quick, painless, and uses no ionizing radiation, so it is often the first imaging study performed to evaluate the kidneys. It may identify a potential cause of the hematuria. If it doesn't, further tests may need to be done. ...Read more

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Is thickened stomach wall seen during ultrasound a dangereous thing?

Is thickened stomach wall seen during ultrasound a dangereous thing?

It can be: Gastric wall thickening can be due to inflammation, such as gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, malignancy or simply an empty stomach with redundant mucosa. I suggest getting a CT scan and endoscopy. Make sure you take oral contrast before the CT scan. ...Read more

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I feel a lump on the left side of the abdomen and one on the right ultrasound didn't show anything now can this be a mass or its the same thing?

I feel a lump on the left side of the abdomen and one on the right ultrasound didn't show anything now can this be a mass or its the same thing?

Soft bones: Rickets is a disorder of children caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, It leads to softening and weakening of the bones. Usually caused by lack of sunlight or dietary intake. Rarely it can be caused by a genetic disorder or from those who have disorders that prevent absorption of minerals and vitamins

Similar disorder in adults is called osteomalacia ...Read more

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Fm 49 trans-vaginal ultrasound dec 2012 gave endometrium thickness 9mm, on march 2013 it says endometrial thickness 14mm. Is this any thing serious.

Fm 49 trans-vaginal ultrasound dec 2012 gave endometrium thickness 9mm, on march 2013 it says endometrial thickness 14mm. Is this any thing serious.

Probably not: The endometrium (inner lining of the uterus} changes throughout the woman's cycle. The measurements that were given are not abnormal. ...Read more

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My ultrasound on thyroid says thyromegaly with diffuse non-specific parenchymal changes & bilateral nodules. What's the best thing to do?

More information: How big are the nodules. If they are very small, < 1 cm, you should get lab checks to rule out hashimotos thyroid disease and get a yearly ultrasound to make sure the nodules are not growing. ...Read more

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Does gall bladder inflammation appear to be the same thing as gall bladder wall thickening on an ultrasound? Or are they completely different?

Does gall bladder inflammation appear to be the same thing as gall bladder wall thickening on an ultrasound? Or are they completely different?

Gallbladder: Thickening can be the result of a process, indicating likely long term intermittent inflammation/pathology including gallstones, abnormal gallbladder contraction, pancreatitis, right heart failure, hepatitis. Inflammation is an acute process that needs to be immediately addressed, usually caused by gallstones or abnormal gallbladder contraction. ...Read more

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Ultrasound of pelvis and virginity - would the vaginal thing fit inside me or be too big if I'm a virgin?

Ultrasound of pelvis and virginity - would the vaginal thing fit inside me or be too big if I'm a virgin?

Vaginal ultrasound: Many factors exist in order to determine any risks of pain. Depending on the necessity of the vaginal vs. Abdominal ultrasound, the sonographer can attempt the vaginal probe and if uncomfortable, they can have you fill your bladder and attempt to visualize organs abdominally. Ask your physician which way they feel they should proceed depending on any previous physical exams. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My abdomen ultrasound shows solid hypoechoic nodule in the liver size about 4.2 x 3.7 x 3.3 CM what the best thing to do? High sgpt fatty liver

My abdomen ultrasound shows solid hypoechoic nodule in the liver size about 4.2 x 3.7 x 3.3 CM what the best thing to do? High sgpt fatty liver

See answer: Discuss with your dr. To make certain nothing more serious is present, however there are many possibilities including that this may just be focal fatty sparing – a benign occurrence. Mri is the most sensitive examination for further imaging evaluation. ...Read more

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Docs say MRI look like ovariancyst Scheduled ultrasound. Pic of MRI is on my profile pic. Is it the big white thing by tailbone? Is fibroid possible?

Docs say MRI look like ovariancyst Scheduled ultrasound. Pic of MRI is on my profile pic. Is it the big white thing by tailbone? Is fibroid possible?

Fibroid: Can't see picture well, but a fibroid is usually dark signal, not bright. Cystic structures are bright signal on T2 weighted images, so that big white thing may indeed be a cyst. Ovaries are potentially mobile, so could extend behind the uterus as well. US is the appropriate next test, as your doc has already scheduled. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause veins to become more visible? Had ultrasound- negative, but I feel like a road map! Blood work good. Only thing I think is anxiety!

Can anxiety cause veins to become more visible? Had ultrasound- negative, but I feel like a road map! Blood work good. Only thing I think is anxiety!

Question not clear: Not sure what veins/ where on your body you're referring to. Anxiety may alter one's perception of the body, but does not cause vein enlargement or make veins 'more visible.' Please clarify and resubmit so we can better respond. ...Read more

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Strange movable lumpy thing over my iliac crest. Hip area and LRQ seems swollen and tender for months. Blood and ultrasound normal.?

Strange movable lumpy thing over my iliac crest. Hip area and LRQ seems swollen and tender for months. Blood and ultrasound normal.?

Biopsy: Sounds like you are seeing a physician. I would guess the next step is a biopsy. Consult with him or her and go from there. ...Read more