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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between An Echocardiogram And An Ultrasound Test

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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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What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

MFM vs. Ped/cards.: Maternal-fetal medicine specialists can perform and interpret targeted fetal cardiac examinations and fetal echos with up to 75% detection rate. Pediatric cardiologists can perform fetal echos with up to 95% detection rate.

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Does it hurt to get an ultrasound test done?

Does it hurt to get an ultrasound test done?

No: Ultrasound exams use sound waves to produce the images, and are painless. Some ultrasounds are performed with a transducer inside the body (vagina, rectum, throat), there may be some discomfort associated with the transducer placement.

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I have ast level of 94 and another of 92.i have done ultrasound test came back clear what does this mean.

I have ast level of 94 and another of 92.i have done ultrasound test came back clear what does this mean.

Transaminitis: There are many reasons for you to have a slightly elevated AST level. It is even possible this is a normal variant! Common reasons includse excess alcohol, cholesterol or acetaminophen use. Less common causes include viral hepatitis and autoimmune phenomenon.

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What does it mean to have a few unenlarged lymph nodes are seen in both sides of the neck after having an ultrasound test?

Normal: Probably this means that the person getting the test had normal healthy lymph nodes. Typically, enlarged lymph nodes indicate disease, but normal size lymph nodes don't. Lymph nodes are throughout the neck, here's a nice surface diagram: http://goo. Gl/kepw2.

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I am having shifting pain in my abdomen from 3 months, ultrasound test was normal, pain regularly from one point to another, its just a mild pain, ?

Probable Intestinal: Moving pains in the abdomen are usually due to the intestines. At your age, the most common reason is ibs, irrtable bowel syndrome which causes spasms, gas, constipation and others. Try to avoid caffeine, lots of fluids and fiber helps. Also consider using probiotics like activia or danactive yogourt, or pills like align, restora or others.

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I just had a HSG ultrasound test done and the radiologist said it looked like I had multiple csections but I've only had one. What could cause this?

I just had a HSG ultrasound test done and the radiologist said it looked like I had multiple csections but I've only had one. What could cause this?

Hysterosonogram?: I am going to assume you had a hysterosonogram (hsn) which involves ultrasound, rather than an hsg which uses x-ray. Regardless, my answer wouldn't change. Surgical scarring can take on a wide rang of appearances. If a single scar was more extensive in appearance it would likely be mistaken for multiple prior scars and wrongly assumed to represent more than one prior c-sections. I hope this helps, .

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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when I'm doing the ultrasound test?

Not necessary: An ultrasound is a painless exam. There should be no need for an anxiolytic medication. If you have a condition that will cause you to have undue anxiety for an ultrasound, you should discuss it with your physician so that proper measures can be taken, and medication prescribed in the rare event that it is needed.

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Ultrasound test result says "the gallbladder is physiologically distended." What does this mean?

Ultrasound test result says "the gallbladder is physiologically distended." What does this mean?

It is normal: If abnormal might be contracted (not distended) as in chronic cholecystitis or dilated in the setting of bile duct obstruction.

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If an ultrasound test result says " the gallbladder is physiologically distended " what does it mean?

If an ultrasound test result says " the gallbladder is physiologically distended " what does it mean?

Likely normal: That ultrasound reading may be a normal finding. If symptoms of gallbladder disease persist, further testing may be helpful. A nuclear cholangiogram can sometimes show if the gallbladder is emptying properly, or if it has signs of obstruction that are not clear on the ultrasound.

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Hello, as per my question I have two cysts that have been under a ultrasound test. One of the cysts is calcified, what does this mean? The Dr advised it shouldn't be sinister but what does calcified mean?

Hello, as per my question I have two cysts that have been under a ultrasound test. One of the cysts is calcified, what does this mean? The Dr advised it shouldn't be sinister but what does calcified mean?

Calcified cyst: ovarian cyst? Ovarian follicular/ovulatory cyst are not calcified, which means that over time, calcium minerals have begun to form in the lining of the cyst (similar to minerals forming on the lining of your shower). To give advice, we need more info because calcification can occur on both benign and malignant types of cysts.

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Ultrasound test shows 8x10x12mm prostate cyst and PSA test indicate that it is benign. What should I do.

Ultrasound test shows 8x10x12mm prostate cyst and PSA test indicate that it is benign. What should I do.

Do nothing now: Of course what does your Urologist say? Small cysts in Prostate are common and mostly benign. At 24 yrs why did you have US OF PROSTATE? There could be other problems with seminal vesicles. But I doubt that also. Your answers should come from your urologist. Best to you

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Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Endoscopic: Endoscopic ultrasound can be used to diagnose cancer and get biopsies. Regular ultrasound is not so useful in this case.

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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound test?

Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses soundwaves to make pictures of the body. Ultrasound does not use radiation. A sonographer or ultrasound technologist uses a handheld transducer to "see" the area of interest. He/she takes pictures, which are interpreted by a radiologist. Ultrasound is widely used and is especially well-suited for pregnancies, gallbladder disease, blood vessels and more.

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In my ultrasound test showed echogenicity grade 2 of 3?

In my ultrasound test showed echogenicity grade 2 of 3?

Ultrasound of what: Please give him more information and clarify ultrasound of what done for what

Dr. Ira Katz
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Ultrasound Test (Definition)

Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses soundwaves to make pictures of the body. Ultrasound does not use radiation. A sonographer or ultrasound technologist uses a handheld transducer to "see" the area of interest. He/she takes pictures, which are interpreted by a radiologist. Ultrasound is widely used and is especially well-suited for pregnancies, gallbladder disease, ...Read more


Dr. Rick Koch
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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

"shorthand" term for echocardiogram, an ...Read more