In many cases, a physical exam may not provide enough information to formulate an accurate diagnosis. Ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging tool that uses sound waves to generate images of your internal organs. At Huntington Urology Specialists, board-certified urologists Ramin Khalili, MD, and Armen Dikranian, MD, offer ultrasounds to diagnose and treat urological conditions. To learn more about urological ultrasound, contact the office in Pasadena, California, by phone or through the online booking tool today.

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What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses sound-wave technology to create images of the organs inside your body. During an ultrasound, a technician places a transducer on your skin over the body part being evaluated.

The transducer sends high-frequency sound waves into your body, which hit your organs and bounce back to the transducer. The information gathered from the transducer is translated by a computer program into images transmitted to a computer monitor.

Unlike other types of imaging procedures, you don’t need to make any special preparations before an ultrasound, unless otherwise directed by your urologist at Huntington Urology Specialists. Ultrasound imaging is safe and painless and requires no downtime afterward.

What types of urological ultrasound?

Huntington Urology Specialists offer many types of urological ultrasounds to better understand your health concerns and needs. Types of urological ultrasounds include:

Bladder ultrasound

During a bladder ultrasound, your physician evaluates how well urine drains from your bladder. The diagnostic test may also provide information about the structure and function of your bladder, as well as nearby organs such as the urethral tube or prostate.

Kidney ultrasound

Your provider may recommend a kidney ultrasound to check for kidney stones or tumors. They also use the information gathered during a kidney ultrasound to determine the size and location of your kidneys.

Prostate ultrasound

You may benefit from a prostate ultrasound, also called transrectal ultrasound, if your urologist at Huntington Urology Specialists has concerns about prostate cancer.

Testicular ultrasound

If you’re suffering from testicular pain from no known cause, your physician may recommend a testicular ultrasound to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.

What happens during a urological ultrasound?

The specifics of your urological ultrasound depend on the type of ultrasound being performed. Your provider reviews the details of the procedure with you, including how to prepare and what to expect during your consultation.

After your ultrasound, they review the results with you and make treatment recommendations specific to your needs.

To learn more about the urological ultrasound and how it may benefit you and your health, contact Huntington Urology Specialists by phone or online today.