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Doctor insights on: Medical Sonography Vs Ultrasound Tech

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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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Whats the difference between training for diagnostic medical sonography or vascular ultrasound tech?

Whats the difference between training for  diagnostic medical sonography or vascular ultrasound tech?

Vascular ultrasound : Early training is essentially the same. Later training will focus on vascular or general depending on the program. Many technologist train in both. ...Read more

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Is testicular ultrasound a transrectal ultrasound!?

Is testicular ultrasound a transrectal ultrasound!?

No: Testicular us looks for abnormalities of the testicle. Transrectal us is used to evaluate either the anal sphincter mechanism or stage rectal rumors. ...Read more

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Which is better for detecting ovarian tumors ultrasound or cat scan, my pelvic ultrasound said solid mass, CT said no mass?

Which is better for detecting ovarian tumors ultrasound or cat scan, my pelvic ultrasound said solid mass, CT said no mass?

Complimentary: Ct ; ultasound are complimentary imaging modalities. For smaller masses in appropriate location ultrasound may have an advantage especially if done transvaginally. For larger masses ct may have the advantage of not being blocked by bowel gas and being less degraded by large body habitus. More specific info in your case would be helpful. Size of mass? How was the sono done? Ct with oral and IV cont. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a diagnostic medical sonography or vascular ultrasound tech?

Please advise what is the difference between a diagnostic medical sonography or vascular ultrasound tech?

Specialist. : Vascular techs are usually focused on vascular issues and more able to guide the diagnostic testing here appropriately. They also tend to work with specialist doctors who know what they are looking for. ...Read more

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Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure sm masses Birads 2 breasts no suspicious masses dr wanting ultrasound report said annual mammo ?

Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure sm masses Birads 2 breasts no suspicious masses dr wanting ultrasound report said annual mammo ?

Need sono: Mammo with heterogeneous dense mass needs evaluation as to whether a lesion is hiding in area of density. This can be accomplished by sono or MRI but resolution of density required. The sono can detect a specific region that could be suspicious and require bx. ...Read more

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Do ultrasound techs take measurements of all organs during an abd ultrasound?

Do ultrasound techs take measurements of all organs during an abd ultrasound?

Yes: Ultrasound can give three dimensional measurements of most organs height, depth, and width. Most common organs measured are kidneys, spleen, liver, ovaries, uterus, bladder, and two dimensional measurements of appendix aorta, and inferior vena cava. Of course if tumor or lymph nodes present these can be measured. ...Read more

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Which is more accurate? Transvaginal or transrectal ultrasound?

Which is more accurate? Transvaginal or transrectal ultrasound?

FOR WHAT?: We need to know what it is that you are trying to evaluate. ...Read more

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My ob asked for 5 ultrasounds Dating scan Anomaly scan Anomaly scan level 2 Growth scan Colour Doppler scan Are they necessary can they be harmful?

My ob asked for 5 ultrasounds
Dating scan
Anomaly scan
Anomaly scan level 2
Growth scan
Colour Doppler scan
Are they necessary can they be harmful?

No: There has been no convincing evidence that ultrasounds are harmful to a developing fetus. If your OB thinks they are necessary, it is a good idea to follow their advice. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Ultrasound guided or CT guided biopsy of liver. Which is more accurate?

Ultrasound guided or CT guided biopsy of liver. Which is more accurate?

Both are accurate : Liver biopsies are performed for both focal liver lesions and nonfocal generalized liver disease playing a key role in the diagnosis and prognostication of various diffuse liver dysfunctions. Ct-guided procedures are generally reserved for tissue sampling of focal hepatic lesions, not accessible by ultrasound. ...Read more

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Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis ?

Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis ?

Give indication: Xr, and anything without direct visualization give an indication as to what is suspected. The symptoms, the exam and the history makes a doctor arrive at a diagnosis as the most likely thing. If in doubt, then direct visualization needed. I hope that gives you reassurance. ...Read more

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Is thyroid nuclear scan a better investigation than ultrasound?

Is thyroid nuclear scan a better investigation than ultrasound?

Different no better: A thyroid nuclear uptake and scan is a functional test of your thyroid. It is useful in differentiating causes of thyrotoxicosis (excessive amounts of thyroid hormones in the body). A thyroid ultrasound is better to assess the anatomy of the thyroid gland and for guidance if biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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How accurate is a transabdominal ultrasound in assessing an ovarian cyst? Had to stop transvagingal ultrasound, extremely painful

How accurate is a transabdominal ultrasound in assessing an ovarian cyst? Had to stop transvagingal ultrasound, extremely painful

Depends: This depends on a number of factors: the quality of the ultrasound machine; how much your urinary bladder was distended; and particular location of the ovaries in your pelvis. ...Read more

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Radiologist or radiology technologist, what's the difference?

Radiologist or radiology technologist, what's the difference?

A radiologist: is a physician who has gone to medical school, completed a residency, and possibly a fellowship. A technologist has a 2 or 4 year degree. Radiologists supervise the technologists who take the images. Radiologists are also responsible for interpreting the images and generating a report. ...Read more

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What's doppler ultrasound exams are done on the fetus or placenta?

What's doppler ultrasound exams are done on the fetus or placenta?

Check blood flow: The doppler exam is using ultrasound to asses the blood flow to the baby or placenta. It is a tool for assessing the health of the baby and monitoring the effects of certain problems such as diabetes or hypertension. ...Read more

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How accurate are thyroid imaging through ultra sound in determining cysts vs nodes?

How accurate are thyroid imaging through ultra sound in determining cysts vs nodes?

Very accurate: One of the most accurate and specific determinations that an ultrasound can make. ...Read more

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Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Ultrasound: A combination of ultrasound (either transabdominal or transvaginal), B-hcg levels, and clinical information are used to diagnose a miscarriage. CT is not used because of its ionizing radiation. ...Read more