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What is Ultrasound and Its Benefits

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging test that relies on high-intensity sound waves and their echoes to visualize tissues in the body. As the sound waves encounter tissues of different densities, an echo reflects and is measured by the ultrasound technology. Because abnormalities usually have a different density, they tend to show up clearly on ultrasound scans.

Because ultrasound relies solely on high-frequency sound waves, it is impossible to get radiation-related health problems and there is no need for the use of substances called contrast agents.

This procedure generally requires little to no special preparation. Ultrasound helps to examine many parts of the body to help diagnose things such as pain, swelling and infection. It is also used electively as an excellent adjunct to breast thermography by providing women with the double coverage of a structural screening. Ultrasound provides a look into the “house” (the body) through a different window. Ultrasound is a screening that offers the same outcome of monitoring tissue structure as a mammogram when monitoring breast health, but without the compression or radiation of a mammogram.

Benefits of an Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound scans are non-invasive.

  • Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe, effective and does not use radiation.

  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clearer picture of tissues that often do not show up well on x-rays or mammograms (due to dense breast tissue).

  • Ultrasound provides real-time imaging.

Some Uses of an Ultrasound Scan:

  • Breast Scans (Diagnostic or Elective)

  • Abdominal Scans

  • Pelvic Scans (upper, lower or combination)

  • Thyroid Scans

  • Carotid Artery Scans

Why Use Ultrasound for Breast Health

There is not a single screening available for breast preventative health that is 100% accurate. For many women the necessity of a “structural” screening, like ultrasound, is important in monitoring their breast health in conjunction with thermography screening. The availability of this “double coverage” can provide peace of mind to many women considered to be at high risk either through family history or their own breast health conditions/symptom concerns.

Double coverage is ideal for boosting the effectiveness rating of breast screening providing much needed peace of mind to women who have had the experience of fibrocystic (lumpy) breasts or a surgery to the breast and who are otherwise at high risk. By using ultrasound in conjunction with thermography, the breast is screened from both a physiological standpoint (heat patterning) and a structural standpoint (soft tissue) providing the best coverage in preventative screening that can be had based on today’s technology.

What is Elective Ultrasound?

Patients are often denied a referral by a healthcare practitioner if they do not “qualify” for a specific screening. Likewise, insurance companies can require that other testing be done before a screening like ultrasound is financially covered. Insight Holistic Imaging gives you the ability to control your own screening by offering elective, out of pocket, no-referral-needed screening options for ultrasound leaving you with “a better way to screening in a comfortable holistic environment” without the pressure or constraints of obtaining a screening – this is truly “screening your own way” and on your own terms. Your results are provided directly to you in elective screening. This allows you the ability to term your next steps should any be necessary.

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