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4 Serious Problems That an Ultrasound Helps Diagnose

4 Serious Problems That an Ultrasound Helps Diagnose

One of the most nerve-wracking parts about your health going awry in some way is not knowing what’s at the root of your problem. Ultrasound technology can play an important role in solving that “mystery,” making way for the treatment you need. As a big bonus, the procedure is gentle and noninvasive.

Jeffery Tun, MD, with offices in Midtown East, Forest Hills, and the Queens neighborhoods in New York City, uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to make accurate diagnoses so you can receive the best possible care quickly.

Here’s a closer look at ultrasound technology, including several serious health problems an ultrasound can help diagnose.

How ultrasounds work

Ultrasounds send soundwaves through your body, and they produce images for Dr. Tun and his team to analyze. Doppler ultrasounds are unique in that they highlight moving material in your body, such as your blood, versus things that stay put, like your organs. And all ultrasounds vary from other diagnostic tests, such as biopsies, in that no incisions or injections are needed. 

During the procedure, you’ll sit or lie comfortably while an ultrasound technician moves a handheld device over the target area. The technician will spread gel onto the device before moving it over your skin. You might also wear a blood pressure cuff, for readings at points along your arm or leg. As the device moves, images called sonograms will appear on a nearby monitor.

The ultrasound process takes roughly an hour. After it’s complete, Dr. Tun will talk to you about your results.

Serious conditions ultrasounds help diagnose

Diagnostic ultrasounds can shed light on a range of serious conditions, from pancreatitis to various forms of cancer

In our office, Dr. Tun often uses the Doppler ultrasounds to check for cardiovascular conditions, including:

  1. Blood clots
  2. Aneurysms (bulging arteries)
  3. Heart valve defects
  4. Venous insufficiency

All four of these issues can lead to severe and even life-threatening complications — given that normal blood flow and heart function are essential for overall health. A blood clot, for example, can lead to a heart attack or stroke. And untreated venous insufficiency can result in leg ulcers, lasting pain, and reduced quality of life.

When Dr. Tun discusses your results with you, he’ll also go over potential next steps, such as any additional tests or treatment you might benefit from. If needed, he can refer you to a specialist for aspects of your care.

It’s always better to know what’s happening within your body than to ignore a potentially serious health problem. To learn more about ultrasounds or to get the diagnostic care you need, call one of our offices or request an appointment through our website today.

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