Ultrasound scans use high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages. Ultrasound testing is safe and easy to perform in the Sheboygan Internal Medicine Associates office.
When your physician needs to know about the health of your heart, we may perform an echocardiogram (ECHO). This test uses sound waves that bounce off different parts of your heart to diagnose the structure and condition of the heart.
Carotid Artery Ultrasound
As a prevention for stroke, this scan is used to evaluate the carotid arteries in your neck. The results indicate to your physician if you are at risk from neck artery blockages. These can occur from cholesterol deposits since blockages often give no symptom until you actually experience a stroke.
Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound
This scan is performed to examine the size of the large artery in the abdomen-the abdominal aorta. Occasionally this artery can become enlarged and poses a health risk.
Ultrasound imaging of the abdomen uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures within the upper abdomen including the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. Results of the test help diagnose pain and aid in evaluating the health concern.