Diagnostic Ultrasounds in Northern Virginia and Maryland
Ultrasound (Diagnostic Sonography) is a safe, non-invasive and usually pain-free medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to visualize various body structures including tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. Ultrasound images are captured in real time, allowing the evaluation of organ structures while in motion. For example, the movement of the fetal heart as it beats, blood traveling through blood vessels, and even a stream of urine entering the bladder. Ionizing radiation is not used in ultrasound, which makes it a safe alternative for imaging pregnant women.
Ultrasound Exams Offered at Radiology Imaging Associates
- Renal Ultrasound
- Prostate Ultrasound
- Testicular Ultrasound
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
- Doppler Ultrasound
- Neck (Soft Tissue) Ultrasound
- Cartoid Duplex
- Venous/Arterial Duplex/Doppler
- Scrotum Ultrasound
- Extremity Non-Vascular/Vascular
- OB/Obstetrical Ultrasound
- Nuchal Translucency (NT)
- Biophysical Profile
2D/3D/4D Dimensional Imaging
The ultrasound image typically represents tissue in shades of gray in two- dimensions, 2D. Recently, 3D and 4D techniques have been developed and these images can be shaded in colors to highlight various tissues.
Commonly used to evaluate the fetus and reproductive organs during pregnancy. Nuchal translucency imaging may be utilized in conjunction with maternal blood testing to assess the risk of chromosomal abnormalities.
Keepsake Pregnancy Pictures
3D/4D imaging is frequently used to image the fetus during obstetrical sonography and we understand how important these first baby pictures are to parents. Depending on the stage in pregnancy and the cooperation of the baby to “pose” or turn for the sonographer, these images can provide stunning portraits.
RIA is pleased to provide these pictures as part of diagnostic ultrasound ordered by a physician, but in keeping with professional standards cannot provide “keepsake” imaging without an order. Although there is no evidence ultrasound could be harmful to the fetus, the US FDA views “keepsake fetal videos” to be an unapproved use of a medical device.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast is used to visualize the internal structures of the breast. It is an effective tool for differentiating solid from cystic tissue, to assess breast implants, or to image palpable lumps.
Sometimes Doppler is utilized to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in a breast mass, which can provide additional information for evaluating the cause of the mass.
Breast ultrasound is often the initial imaging technique for evaluating palpable breast masses in women who have not reached the age or 35 and not started routine mammography screening.
RIA utilizes specialized transducers for greater breast imaging resolution.
Doppler is a specialized ultrasound study that examines blood vessels for narrowing, blockages and venous malformation. Doppler ultrasound may be useful to differentiate vascular from non-vascular structures in any location.