OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND


Diagnostic Services 

Angel Williamson Imaging Center strives to provide the very best possible care for all of our patients. Both of our locations offer digital mammography, ultrasound, Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT), and osteoporosis screening. We want your test results to be both accurate and timely.  Whenever possible, we offer same day appointments.  Dr. Angel Williamson is available to  go over your results with you on day of testing, and results are sent to your physician as soon as possible. Your health is genuinely important to us.   
 
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PET/CT

Test Description:
A PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan allows physicians to measure the body's abnormal molecular cell activity to detect cancer (such as breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphoma and other cancers).  A simple sugar, glucose, is labeled with radioactive signal-emitting tracer and injected intravenously.  While you rest on a bed that moves through the scanner ring, the PET/CT scanner records signals from these tracers as they journey through your body.  A computer then assembles the signals into actual images.  PET scans are simple, painless, and quick, offering patients and their families life-saving information more accurate answers to better diagnose illness, guide treatment options, and give patients ultimate control over their critical health care decisions.
 
CT (computed tomography) is an x-ray examination that utilizes computers to show cross sections of body tissues and organs.  The results are a detailed multidimensional view of the body's interior; however, CT alone is unable to detect abnormal molecular activity seen with PET.
 
PET/CT combines PET and CT into a single quick and comfortable test lasting about 20 minutes.  
 
Preparation:
We will send a packet of information to the patient as well as contact the patient prior to the study to go over instructions.
 

Cardiac Scoring

Test Description:
Coronary artery disease (CAD) or artherosclerosis is the #1 cause of death of both men and women in the U.S., claiming over 500,000 lives each year.  Typically, patients are diagnose with CAD after they have already developed symptoms or suffered irreversible heart damage.  This means that the opportunity for prevention is lost.  Other patients are less fortunate, and over 400 people under the age of 65 die in the U.S. each day from CAD without any prior warning symptoms.
 
Cardiac scoring uses computerized x-rays to detect calcium in the plaques of coronary artery disease early, before symptoms occur.  It is a painless, non-invasive and inexpensive procedure requiring less than 15 minutes to perform.  A state of the art multi-slice GE LightSpeed CT scanner takes images of your coronary arteries without any needle injections or removal of your clothing.  The amount of calcium or plaque detected in your coronary arteries is use to establish your cardiac score.
 
Preparation:
Wear two-piece clothing that is comfortable.  Avoid any caffeine intake for 24 hours
 

Digital Mammography

Test Description:  

Digital mammography combines an x-ray of the breast with advanced image enhancement techniques to improve diagnostic accuracy.  Both full field and small field digital mammography can be performed on our new digital mammography systems.

 Digital mammography can find more and smaller breast cancers than film screen mammography.  It is especially helpful in patients with dense breasts, who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer.  When breast ultrasound is use in combination with digital mammography, early breast cancer detection is improve even more.  
  
Preparation:
Do not wear any powder, deodorant, lotion, or perfumes on your breast and underarm area.  Wear two-piece outfit for your convenience.
  

Bone Density Testing (Dexa Scan)

Test Description:
A bone mineral density (BMD) or Dexa Scan will determine whether you have osteoporosis or if you are at risk for osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break.  
 
The test uses small amounts of radiation to determine the thickness and density of bones.  Bone density tests are safe, painless, and easy.  The test takes about 30 minutes.
 
Preparation:
Wear two-piece outfit with no metals, such as zippers or buttons.
 

Ultrasound

 

BREAST ULTRASOUND

Test Description:
A breast sonogram exam will identify and characterize any palpable or non-palpable abnormalities and further evaluate mammography findings.
 
Preparation:
Wear two-piece clothing.
 

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND 

Test Description:
Ultrasound examination is a proven and useful procedure for the evaluation of many structures within the abdomen and retro peritoneum.  Depending on the clinical indications, an examination may include the entirety of the abdomen and retro peritoneum, a single organ, or several organs.  A combination of structures may be image because of related location (e.g., organs in right upper quadrant of abdomen) or function (e.g., biliary system including [liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts], both kidneys).  For some patients, more focused examinations may be appropriate for evaluation of specific clinical indications or to follow up a known abnormality.  
 
Preparation:
Fasting for 8 hours prior to examination.  Wear two-piece outfit.
 

PELVIC ULTRASOUND

Test Description:
Trans-abdominal ultrasound of the pelvis is most often performed to evaluate the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes.  Trans-vaginal ultrasound is performed to view the endometrium or the lining of the uterus, including its thickness, and the ovaries.  This is also a good way to evaluate the muscular walls of the uterus called myometrium.  
 
Preparation:
Patient should drink 32-48 oz. of water 1 hour prior to appointment.  Wear two-piece outfit.
 

THYROID ULTRASOUND

Test Description:
Ultrasound of the thyroid produces a picture of the thyroid gland.  It is a simple test using the sound waves to image the thyroid.  The sound waves are emitted from a small hand-held transducer that is passed over the thyroid.  A lubricant jelly is placed on the skin so the sound waves transmit more easily through the skin and into the thyroid and surrounding structures.  
 
Preparation:
None