Dearborn Family Clinic, PC
Family Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Dearborn, MI
An ultrasound is a test commonly used during a pregnancy, but it’s also an effective diagnostic tool for many unexplained symptoms and conditions interfering with good health. At Dearborn Family Clinic, PC in Dearborn, Michigan, Howard M. Wright, DO, and the experienced medical team offer the convenience of on-site diagnostic ultrasounds to pinpoint the cause of pain, swelling, or other worrisome symptoms. You can request a diagnostic evaluation and ultrasound by calling the office or by using the online booking feature today.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a painless, noninvasive diagnostic test that uses sound waves to create pictures of the inner structures of your body.
Your Dearborn Family Clinic provider applies a gel to your skin that makes it easier for a handheld transducer to glide around the areas being examined. The sound waves bounce off your soft tissues and transmit the information back to an external monitor. This information generates a visual image of the internal structures that your doctor can assess in real-time.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
The staff at Dearborn Family Clinic offers on-site diagnostic ultrasounds to confirm a condition or rule out other medical issues that may be causing your symptoms. Your doctor may request an ultrasound to diagnose the cause of pain or swelling that results from:
- Blood clots
- Organ dysfunction
- Heart valve problems
- Blood vessel obstructions
Pregnant women also undergo several ultrasounds throughout pregnancy to monitor the growth and development of a fetus.
What can I expect during an ultrasound?
There’s no special preparation needed before an ultrasound. You can expect to lie comfortably on an exam table while your Dearborn Family Clinic provider applies a gel around the area to be examined.
Your doctor places the handheld transducer over your skin, gliding it around into the correct position. Your doctor watches the monitor while moving the transducer around to evaluate the health of your organs and soft tissues.
Throughout the test, you’ll feel no discomfort or pain. In some cases, the Dearborn Family Clinic staff may need to put pressure on the transducer to properly view organs hidden behind tissue or other organs.
How long does it take to get results from an ultrasound?
Ultrasound technology provides real-time imaging that your Dearborn Family Clinic doctor evaluates throughout your test. There’s no wait time to learn the results of your ultrasound.
Depending on the results of your test, your provider can discuss your treatment plan during the same appointment. You may need additional diagnostic testing to confirm a condition or rule out other underlying medical issues.
Following your ultrasound, you can go back to your usual activities without the need for recovery.
If you’re concerned about unexplained symptoms or need a diagnostic ultrasound, schedule a diagnostic consultation at Dearborn Family Clinic today by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online now.