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Ultrasound Specialist

Pinnacle Healthcare System

Cardiology & Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Hollywood, FL & Pembroke Pines, FL

Ultrasound testing uses sound wave technology to generate images of your internal organs and tissues. The team at Pinnacle Healthcare System in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, Florida, uses ultrasound technology to assess and diagnose cardiovascular and renal conditions. Call the office or book an appointment online to schedule your ultrasound evaluation today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool. It uses high-frequency sound wave technology to create images of the inside of your body. 

During an ultrasound test, your provider uses a hand-held wand called a transducer to send the sound waves into your body. The sound waves bounce off your internal organs or tissues and return to the transducer.

The transducer sends the soundwave information to a computer that translates the data into images your provider views on a computer monitor. 

What are the types of ultrasound tests?

There are many types of ultrasound tests. At Pinnacle Healthcare System, the team uses ultrasound technology to perform:

Carotid ultrasounds

Your carotid arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your brain. During a carotid ultrasound, the team assesses blood flow through these arteries to look for narrowing or blockage areas. 

Aortic ultrasounds

An aortic ultrasound, also known as an abdominal aortic ultrasound, evaluates blood flow through your aorta, one of the main arteries that deliver oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body.

Your provider may recommend an aortic ultrasound if they have concerns you may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. 

Echocardiography

During echocardiography, your provider uses ultrasound imaging to evaluate the structure and function of your heart, as well as the movement of blood through each chamber. 

The team may perform echocardiography to diagnose structural heart disease or valvular heart disease. 

Peripheral vascular ultrasounds

Peripheral vascular ultrasounds assess blood circulation in your peripheral blood vessels — blood vessels outside the heart. 

Your provider at Pinnacle Healthcare System may recommend a peripheral vascular ultrasound to confirm or rule out peripheral vascular disease. 

Renal ultrasounds

Renal ultrasounds evaluate the size, shape, and location of your kidneys, as well as blood flow through the kidneys. The team may recommend a renal ultrasound to look for cysts, tumors, or structural problems that may affect kidney function. 

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

The Pinnacle Healthcare System team provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your ultrasound. Your preparation may depend on the type of ultrasound you need. 

In most cases, there is no special preparation needed for an ultrasound. However, for some tests, the team may request that you not eat or drink for a set period before your test.

Call Pinnacle Healthcare System or book an appointment online today.