Want to make sure you’re healthy? One of the ways to do this is an ultrasound examination. Echoscopy (or ultrasound examination) – the examination of various organs with ultrasound waves in order to determine the condition of the examined tissues, to confirm or deny the diagnosis. An ultrasound examination is a painless and simple way to check your health.
At Socrates Clinic, ultrasound examinations are performed with the advanced Q40 ultrasound machine, which generates ultrasound waves that reflect off the tissues and return to the ultrasound transducer, where electrical impulses create an image on the screen. In this way, the doctor evaluates the image and receives detailed information about your state of health.
Who are ultrasound examinations suitable for?
Echoscopy can be performed for anyone who seeks to find out the exact diagnosis of the disease or simply for a preventive check-up. There are no age or gender restrictions. Who are ultrasound examinations not suitable for? Ultrasound examinations are available for everyone, but they are not usually used to examine the condition of the lungs, stomach, intestines or bones (ultrasound does not travel well through air and bones are too hard). X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging is used to diagnose pathologies of these organs.
What are the benefits of ultrasound examinations?
Echoscopy is a fast, harmless and non-invasive method to examine a person’s health. This test allows evaluation of soft tissues, organs, blood vessels, etc. condition, notice unusual tissue changes, diagnose diseases. Thus, ultrasound is a valuable and comprehensive diagnostic tool. During an ultrasound examination, cystic, cancerous or other formations can be seen, often even before a person feels the symptoms of the disease. As a result, echoscopy is an excellent prevention of cancer or other diseases – doctors recommend an ultrasound examination not only when a disease is suspected, but also as a preventive measure, and people over 40 years of age are offered this examination once a year. Ultrasound examination shows whether there are no anatomical changes in the organs. Blood and/or urine tests should be performed to assess organ function.
What is the procedure?
1. Consultation with an echoscopist-radiologist.
2. A special gel is applied to the examined area, which increases the permeability of the skin to ultrasound.
3. The doctor guides the ultrasound probe around the examined area, observing and analyzing the visible image on the device screen. During ultrasound of the uterus, the probe is inserted into the vagina, and the probe into the anus of the prostate.
4. Discussion of results, presentation of recommendations.
This study provides useful information about the kidney tissue and its derivatives, helps to find out the causes of pain in the kidneys. With the help of this test, it is possible to examine their cysts and solid formations: kidney cancer, benign tumors, stones. A kidney ultrasound can check for a urine drainage problem called hydronephrosis.
is performed by placing the probe on the abdomen or on the side – the patient lies on the back or on the side, a water-based gel is applied to the skin, which improves the propagation of waves by bridging the gap between the skin and the probe. The sensor, which is pressed against the skin, slides over the surface of the skin and transmits data back to the computer to produce an image of the organ.
Eschoscopy of the bladder Bladder ultrasound evaluates the bladder wall and its contents. Evaluate bladder diverticula, changes in the urethra (ureterocele, stones stuck in the urethra), bladder tumors. Bladder stones, blood or turbid deposits, and residual urine can also be monitored. Ultrasound of the prostate This test diagnoses benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Echoscopy of the prostate
gland helps to assess the size of the prostate gland, the presence or absence of the third additional lobe of the prostate, indirect signs of inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis) – calcifications in the prostate gland. Specific prostate blockages can also be diagnosed. Ultrasound of the bladder and prostate is performed by placing the device’s sensor on the lower abdomen, below the navel – the patient lies on his back, and a gel is applied to the skin, which improves the propagation of waves, bridging the gap between the skin and the probe.
The sensor, which is pressed against the skin, slides over the surface of the skin and transmits information back to the computer to map the organ.
Echoscopy of the testicles
This type of ultrasound evaluates testicular volume, testicular integrity, and epididymal size. A testicular ultrasound should be performed if testicular cancer is suspected, if a lump or atypical mass is palpable in the testicle, or if inflammation of the testicle (orchitis) is suspected. The surrounding tissues of the scrotum are also evaluated, hydrocele (hydrocele) and testicular cysts (spermatocele) can be diagnosed.