Ultrasound is the safest form of diagnostic testing because, unlike X-rays and CT scans, it uses no ionizing radiation. Anastasios Manessis, MD, FACE, ECNU, ABOM, and the team at Endocrine Associates of West Village PC provide state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasound facilities at locations in Long Island City, Astoria, & Murray Hill, New York, NY, specializing in ultrasounds of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. To take advantage of their expertise, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Ultrasound is a widely used diagnostic technology that creates moving images of internal organs. It does this by sending out high-pitched sound waves that bounce off the organs under examination.
Computer software translates the returning sound waves into data it uses to represent the organs on a screen.
Your provider at Endocrine Associates of West Village PC analyzes the images to confirm a suspected diagnosis, rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, and assess the extent of any abnormalities.
You might need a diagnostic ultrasound if your provider at Endocrine Associates of West Village PC needs to examine your hormone-producing glands and organs. The most common uses of diagnostic ultrasound in endocrinology are:
A diagnostic ultrasound of your thyroid may be helpful if you have an abnormal thyroid function test or your provider detects any irregularities when they examine your neck.
An ultrasound can identify thyroid cysts, nodules, and tumors and assess an underactive or overactive thyroid. Your provider may also use ultrasound to take a biopsy (tissue sample) of your thyroid for lab tests.
Diagnostic ultrasound can identify cysts or tumors in your pancreas. As well as routine abdominal ultrasound, your provider can perform endoscopic ultrasound, collecting fluid and tissue biopsies using ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration.
An ultrasound is a straightforward procedure that doesn't usually require any special preparation. Your provider at Endocrine Associates of West Village PC spreads a slippery gel on your neck or abdomen. They then pass a handheld device (the transducer) across your body.
Images of the organ appear on the monitor. You shouldn't feel any pain during your ultrasound, although there's a chance of minor discomfort if your provider needs to press the transducer down firmly at any stage.
If you want to know more about diagnostic ultrasound and how it can help you, call Endocrine Associates of West Village PC today or book an appointment online.