Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive, and radiation-free. It uses sound waves to generate an image. Ultrasound has many applications including evaluating the thyroid, pelvic and abdominal organs, evaluation of the gall bladder for gallstones. Doppler ultrasound is helpful in detecting stenoses of the carotid arteries (blockage in the blood vessels of the neck) as well as thromboses (blood clots) in the legs. It can help determine the source of pain, swelling or infection in many parts of the body. Ultrasound is also used during pregnancy to help monitor the growth and development of the fetus during the first trimester.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA US) is used to evaluate development of erosions for early diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis which allows treatment to begin at an earlier stage of development. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is used to examine tendons and ligaments.