In-House Ultrasound Services in Bixby Knolls, Downtown Long Beach, and Paramount CA
Ultrasounds are not only for pregnancy but they can also be used to detect a multitude of concerns and symptoms and knowing you have highly experienced and trained professionals to help you along the way will put you at the utmost ease. Please make sure to contact and ask if your specific practitioner is available to see you. We have convenient locations to serve you.
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Before the ultrasound begins, you may be asked to remove all of your jewelry near the area that is being examined, remove all or some of your clothing, or even reposition the clothing so it doesn’t interfere with the ultrasound, and change into a medical gown that is provided by our staff.
Once you are brought into the room, you will be asked to lie down on the examination table, and an ultrasound technician will be with you.
Ultrasound also known as sonography uses a small probe (transducer) to transmit sound waves into the body and record the waves back. The sound waves travel to the area which is being examined and then are reflected. The ultrasound transducers are made of ceramic crystals called piezoelectric, the materials produce a sound wave when applied to the soft tissue, bone, or fluid and reflect it to the ultrasound scanner. The scanner calculates the distance between the bone, fluid, or tissue to the transducer creating a two-dimensional image. To keep air pockets from forming between the skin and transducer the ultrasound technician will apply a gel, this will also prevent sound waves from entering the body.
There are three main purposes of ultrasound, diagnostic, functional, and therapeutic. Diagnostic ultrasound is used for a non-invasive image of the internal organs. It is not good for bones or tissue that contain air. Some conditions allow for images of bones such as in a fetus or if the lungs are filled with fluid. Diagnostic imaging is best used for monitoring the growth and development of a pregnancy, as well as imaging the eye, brain, thyroid, blood vessels, skin, and muscles. Imagines are displayed in 2D, 3D, and 4Dd (3D in motion). Functional ultrasounds are an application where a doppler and color doppler is used to measure blood flow within the body and heart. It can also measure the speed of blood flow and movement. It is commonly used to see if there is a build-up or blockage throughout the heart and body. Elastography is another form of functional ultrasound and can determine the stiffness of tissue with can differentiate between tumors and healthy tissue. Elastography is best used for liver fibrosis showing the scar tissue build-up due to inflammation. Therapeutic or interventional ultrasound sends high levels of acoustic output to focus on specific targets, the main purpose is for heating, ablating, or breaking up tissue. One type of therapeutic ultrasound is high-intensity focused ultrasound where high beams are highly targeted. This method may be used for destroying or modifying tissue in the body, without having to possibly harm the skin or tissue surrounding the area.
Ultrasounds are the second most prescribed image procedure next to x-rays, but most insurance companies will only cover a small fraction of the cost. When it comes to pregnancies, the procedure will need to be deemed necessary and some insurance companies will only cover the cost of one. 3D and 4D ultrasounds are typically not covered because they are not necessary especially when 2D ones can be performed. Even patients with insurance can expect to pay anywhere between $34 to $378 which is 25% of the total cost of an ultrasound. The cost of ultrasounds varies from place to place, and it is good practice to find out what your insurance company will cover before the appointment. We serve patients from Downtown Long Beach CA, Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Paramount CA, East Side CA, and Los Altos CA.
Need an ultrasound in the Long Beach, CA or Huntington Beach, CA area? The highly experienced staff at Reddy Urgent Care can help! You may think that ultrasound is only a tool related to pregnancy and to check on the health of a developing baby. Not true! Today, the technology has been developed to help doctors diagnose a variety of conditions.
An ultrasound can detect cancerous tumors, give doctors an idea of the health of an organ, and is used to investigate a range of other health concerns and symptoms.
What can I expect when I get an ultrasound at Reddy Urgent Care?
When you need an ultrasound at our clinic, you will be asked to remove any jewelry from the area that is being examined. You will likely be asked to remove some or all of your clothing, so we can get a clear look at the area with the ultrasound. You will be provided with a gown to change into, and then you will lay down onto the examination table for the actual ultrasound.
During the procedure, our ultrasound technician will apply some gel to the area being scanned. The gel prevents air pockets which can interfere with the machine’s ability to create images. The gel is water-based and can be easily removed from the skin or wash out of clothing. Our technician, known as a sonographer, will use a small, hand-held device and press it against the area being examined. This transducer will be moved around as needed to get the data it needs to create an image. The transducer sends sound waves into the area being looked at. When the sound waves bounce back, it sends this data to the computer which creates the pictures. In most cases, the ultrasound exam takes no more than an hour to complete.
When we are finished, you will change back into your clothes while our doctor reviews the images. They will then meet with you to show the pictures that have been captured and discuss with you what they see. You will then be given a copy of the ultrasound to take home. We can, at your request, forward this information to your regular doctor or specialist.
Reddy Urgent Care has three locations near you open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Friday or from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekends. No appointment is ever needed to receive an ultrasound at our urgent care centers.
We do ask you call ahead to ensure we have a provider and technician readily available so we can serve you in a timely manner.