Ultrasounds in Monterey County
Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Imaging Services
Primarily known for their use during pregnancy, ultrasounds are convenient
imaging devices that use sound waves to create images of organs and internal
body structures. Ultrasounds are used during pregnancy to check on the
fetus’s development, but their use extends far beyond this. The
images produced by ultrasounds help doctors spot internal abnormalities
that would have been virtually undetectable otherwise. Salinas Valley
Medical Clinic uses this devices as part of our comprehensive diagnostic services.
Recommending an Ultrasound
In order for a doctor to realize you need an ultrasound, it is important
for you to speak up. While doctors will perform standard tests during
your regular physical, they likely will not know you are experiencing
internal pains unless you tell them. Once they realize there is a problem,
they can start looking for the cause. Should traditional methods fail
to find the problem, an ultrasound may be recommended.
An ultrasound may be needed to diagnose the cause of:
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic cysts
- Abnormal periods
- Eye problems
- Issues with blood flow
- Fetal abnormalities
- Pelvic pain
You should abstain from eating for up to 2 hours before the test. After
you check into the medical facility, you will lie back on a table as a
sonographer applies a special gel to the area that is being examined.
The probe is then placed on the area and moved around, releasing soundwaves
that bounce around and create an image on an attached monitor.
Sensations felt during the test are minimal, and you should not feel much
discomfort. Provided nothing is found that requires emergent attention,
you will be free to leave once the test is concluded.