ULTRASOUND: AN IMAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON.
As part of the state-of-the-art care at Chesapeake Urology, our offices are equipped with sophisticated imaging modalities including ultrasound to provide our patients with efficient and timely results.
Ultrasound provides our physicians with speedy diagnostic tools to support the patient treatment plan. Most results are available the same day the ultrasound test is performed.
All imaging is done by specially-trained sonographers in our convenient outpatient settings.
Chesapeake Urology Ultrasound Department Gains Accreditation
Chesapeake Urology's ultrasound department was granted re-accreditation in 2016 through the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
This AIUM Accreditation sets Chesapeake Urology apart as a national leader in Urologic Ultrasound. Practices accredited by the AIUM have demonstrated competency in every aspect of their operation including: Personnel education, training and experience, document storage and record keeping, policies and procedures, safeguarding patients, ultrasound personnel, equipment instrumentation, quality assurance and case studies.
The accreditation must be renewed every three years and the AIUM is the nations’ only accrediting organization for Ultrasound in medicine. The AIUM accreditation is even more important now, as some insurance carriers are beginning to require accreditation in order to receive reimbursement for ultrasounds performed in the office setting.
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WHAT IS ULTRASOUND?
An ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and blood vessels.
With ultrasound, there is no radiation involved. Ultrasound uses a special gel and a transducer, which sends out sound waves and then receives the waves back again. These sound waves are converted to images that are displayed on a monitor and are then stored and sent to your urologist to interpret. Medical ultrasound an invaluable tool for detecting abnormalities or assuring doctors of normal anatomy by using a safe and easy test for patients regardless of age.
WHO PERFORMS THE ULTRASOUND EXAM?
A sonogram is another term for ultrasound. All ultrasound examinations at Chesapeake Urology are performed by a technologist called a sonographer. Our sonographers have highly specialized training and all hold the credentials of RDMS, which signifies that they are Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. In addition, they have passed rigorous training and maintain a high level of continuing medical education (CME).
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Common Uses For Ultrasound
Because it is noninvasive and emits no radiation, ultrasound has become the test of choice to evaluate:
- The kidneys and organs surrounding it for any masses or unusual appearances such as swelling, tumors or stones.
- The pelvis. With a full bladder the ultrasound can see certain structures such as the bladder, bladder wall, and prostate.
- The scrotum for any masses such as testicular tumors and the surrounding contents for abnormalities such as varicoceles and hydroceles.