A diagnostic ultrasound is a noninvasive in-office procedure that helps confirm a diagnosis and rule out other possible related conditions. You might need a diagnostic ultrasound if you have:
Dr. Petkov applies a clear gel to your injured area to help get clear images, and then he glides the handheld ultrasound device over your skin. The entire process is quick and painless, aside from a little pressure that might be slightly uncomfortable if you’re injured.
Having a diagnostic ultrasound is used either in conjunction with another type of imaging, such as an X-ray or as an alternative. But the ultrasound itself has many unique benefits.
For instance, the cutting-edge technology behind the SONIMAGE MX1 system provides crystal-clear images, without having to wait for processing. Dr. Petkov can even get multiple angles of an injured area if needed.
A diagnostic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images on a screen, rather than incorporating high levels of radiation, such as with an X-ray. So if you’re concerned about radiation exposure, like if you’re pregnant, a diagnostic ultrasound is often a better alternative.
Plus, a diagnostic ultrasound provides real-time images. This means Dr. Petkov can watch tendons, ligaments, bones, and other components move. He can immediately see if the tissue is damaged or if a certain connective tissue isn’t functioning correctly, so he can design your treatment plan quickly.
Since the advanced high-resolution technology behind SONIMAGE MX1 displays real-time images directly on the screen, Dr. Petkov can show you exactly what’s going on in your foot and ankle right in the office. No need to wait for your results.
In most cases, the images Dr. Petkov captures from your diagnostic ultrasound allow him to diagnose you — and possibly start treating you — during the very same visit.
Learn more about diagnostic ultrasound services offered at Premier Podiatry by booking a consultation. Schedule online or over the phone.