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Ultrasound Specialist

Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar

A Private Medical Practice located in Santa Cruz Plaza, Tucson, AZ

Unlike other types of medical imaging, an ultrasound allows you to see images of your internal body in real-time. At Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar in Tucson, Arizona, Javier Rios, MD, and his team use ultrasound technology to view your internal organs and blood flow. For more information about ultrasound imaging and how it can aid in your treatment, call Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar or book an appointment online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a type of imaging procedure the team at Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar uses to view organs and other structures inside your body. 

They often use it to identify areas of tissue damage or changes and to make diagnoses, but they can also use ultrasound imaging to guide a needle for treatment.

When you arrive for your ultrasound appointment, your provider asks you to lie down on a table. They apply gel to your skin across the area that needs examination, then they glide a device called a transducer over the area through the gel. 

The transducer transmits an image of the inside of your body to a computer monitor that you can see next to you. Ultrasound is often useful for evaluating blood flow because you can see the images in real-time as they move. 

Your provider saves video snippets and still images from your ultrasound. Once the process is over, they wipe the gel off your skin and you can go home or back to work right away. 

How does an ultrasound work?

Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to form the image you see on the screen. These high-frequency sound waves don’t expose you to radiation like the electromagnetic waves that an X-ray uses. 

The transducer emits the sound waves as your provider passes it over your body. The sound waves bounce off the different structures inside of your body and the transducer captures them as they come back. This effect is known as sonar.

What can an ultrasound detect?

There are many reasons why the team at Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar might require you to get an ultrasound. Some common uses for ultrasound imaging are:

  • Evaluating blood flow
  • Guiding a needle for a biopsy
  • Guiding a needle for a joint injection
  • Assessing inflammation
  • Diagnosing gallbladder disease
  • Assessing suspicious lumps or known tumors
  • Evaluating bone disease progression

One of the most well-known uses for ultrasound imaging is to evaluate a developing baby’s health during a pregnancy. Doctors use ultrasound imaging for pregnant women and growing fetuses because it’s low risk and doesn’t harm the mother or child. 

To find out more about ultrasound imaging and how it can be useful for your treatment, call Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar or book an appointment online today.