Small Parts Screening in Tulsa, Ok

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Superficial Ultrasound, sometimes known as “small parts ultrasound imaging” is generally used to examine abnormalities, both malignant and benign, of the breast, thyroid, lumps, bumps, and lymph nodes. These ultrasound exams are helpful for detecting potentially harmful health issues, and they can precipitate and inform successful treatment plans through early diagnosis.

Unexplained lumps and bumps around your body can be confusing, and they may leave you with questions and concerns, but small parts ultrasound examinations can alleviate your worry by providing answers. At Advantage Imaging, our sonographers are experts at conducting small parts ultrasound exams and providing results for care providers.

Small parts ultrasound exams offer healthcare providers insight into what might be causing your pain or bumps, which then allows for diagnosis and further care.

What Does a Small Parts Ultrasound Focus on?

Small parts ultrasound examinations are used to focus and inspect unexplained bumps or lumps on the thyroid, breasts, reproductive organs, and other small parts around the body.

These ultrasound exams are helpful for detecting potentially harmful health issues, and they can precipitate and inform successful treatment plans through early diagnosis.

What Happens During a Superficial Structures Ultrasound?

You will most likely be lying down on a table with a section of your body exposed for the test. An ultrasound technician, called a sonographer, will apply a special lubricating gel to your skin. This prevents friction so they can rub the ultrasound transducer on your skin. The transducer has a similar appearance to a microphone. The jelly also helps transmit the sound waves.

The transducer sends high-frequency sound waves through your body. The waves echo as they hit a dense object, such as an organ or bone. Those echoes are then reflected back into a computer. The sound waves are at too high of a pitch for the human ear to hear. They form a picture that can be interpreted by the doctor.

Depending on the area being examined, you may need to change positions so the technician can have better access.

After the procedure, the gel will be cleaned off of your skin. The whole procedure typically lasts less than 30 minutes, depending on the area being examined. You will be free to go about your normal activities after the procedure has finished.

Thyroid:

A thyroid ultrasound may be ordered if a thyroid function test is abnormal or if your doctor feels a growth on your thyroid while examining your neck. An ultrasound can also check an underactive or overactive thyroid gland.

Ultrasounds can provide high-resolution images of your organs that can help your doctor better understand your general health. You may also need an ultrasound if you or your doctor notice any abnormal swelling, pain, or infections so that they can uncover any underlying conditions that might be causing these symptoms.

  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Tumors
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Graves Disease
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Lymph Nodes:

An ultrasound of a lymph node is helpful in distinguishing between reactive and malignant lymph nodes. A lymph node ultrasound is useful in evaluating cervical lymphadenopathy.

A Doppler ultrasound can be used to evaluate the vasculature of the lymph nodes, which provides additional information.

Salivary glands:

Ultrasound investigation of the major salivary glands has been routinely used for the past 25 years. Ultrasound provides an immediate diagnosis in acute or chronic inflammatory salivary diseases and can visualize sialolithiasis (stones in salivary glands) as small as 0.4 mm.

Ultrasound is also an important imaging modality for salivary gland tumors.

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Superficial swelling or lumps:

This uses ultrasound, and sometimes a stand-off pad, to see structures just under the skin for pathology. Superficial swelling or lumps could be cystic structures full of fluid, masses that could be cancerous, or fat-filled.

A sonographer would have to image the area to help evaluate and determine what the swelling or lumps are.

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