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Good question: Yes, your doctor may be monitoring growth if he/she is concerned about your baby being overly large or small, or if *you* are overly large and measurements of your abdomen are felt not to be reliable. You should ask your doctor why so many ultrasounds are being done. I have seen cases where ultrasounds were being done way more often than needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a child is losing some weight, and has a complex cyst being followed by serial ultrasounds, does the weight loss make you start to suspect cancer?
Yes: The safety of ultrasound is well established and an early ultrasound is the most accurate for confirming a due date. Usually one first trimester sonogram for dating and a formal anatomy survey in the 2nd trimester are fairly routine. Additional sonograms may be performed for nuchal translucency screening or complications that develop in the pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnostic: ultrasound (as opposed to ultrasound used in treatment) can help identify rotator cuff disease, bursitis, biceps tendon disease, muscle atrophy, and symptoms caused by restricted motion of the humerus in the shoulder joint (impingement). Ultrasound also aids in guiding steroid injections so that the medicine goes into the desired area. ...Read more
Two Studies: Vcug (voiding cystourethrogram) is a study in which the bladder is filled with contrast and then voiding is observed under realtime xray (fluoroscopy). Vcug can detect abnormalities including urine reflux up the ureters and bladder diverticula. Renal ultrasound is also often obtained to determine if the kidneys appear healthy and if there is hydronephrosis or obstruction to the flow of urine. ...Read more
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