Thanks to ultrasounds, it’s possible to detect potentially serious circulatory problems using safe and noninvasive means. At Maryland Cardiology Associates, the team of expert cardiologists offers several types of ultrasounds onsite, including carotid doppler ultrasounds, renal ultrasounds, and abdominal aortic ultrasounds. To make an appointment at the practice in Greenbelt, Maryland, call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool.

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What are ultrasounds?

Ultrasounds are a type of diagnostic imaging. They use high-frequency sound waves to capture photographs of the soft tissues inside your body.

Ultrasound imaging is completely noninvasive. It occurs during an outpatient procedure and presents no risk of side effects.

Why would I need an ultrasound?

Maryland Cardiology Associates uses ultrasounds to diagnose pain, swelling, and other symptoms caused by heart or vascular disease. The providers on staff regularly use ultrasounds to view:

  • The heart
  • Blood vessels
  • Arteries
  • Kidneys
  • Liver

During an ultrasound, your provider runs a small handheld device over your skin. The device emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your internal organs, providing real-time images of them on a computer monitor.

What are the types of ultrasounds?

Maryland Cardiology Associates offers several types of ultrasounds, including:

Carotid doppler

A carotid doppler ultrasound provides images of the carotid arteries in your neck. It’s used to detect narrowing or possible blockages caused by coronary artery disease.

Arterial duplex scan

An arterial duplex scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create a color-coded map of the arteries in your legs. It’s used to detect narrowing in your blood vessels that may result in leg pain while walking or exercising.

Venous duplex scan

A venous duplex scan is very similar to an arterial duplex scan. The main difference is that it provides images of the vessels that return blood to your heart. Your provider uses this information to assess blood flow and to detect blood clots.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram provides ultrasound images of your heart. Your provider uses it to assess your heart’s function and ability to pump blood.

Renal ultrasound

A renal ultrasound uses high-frequency soundwaves to take images of your kidneys. Maryland Cardiology Associates might recommend this type of ultrasound if you’re experiencing symptoms of kidney disease like unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, or blood in your urine.

Abdominal aortic ultrasound

An abdominal aortic ultrasound provides detailed images of your abdominal aorta, a major vessel that supplies blood throughout the body. This type of ultrasound is typically recommended for men between the ages of 65-75 who are current or former cigarette smokers.

What type of ultrasound will benefit me?

The type of ultrasound that will most benefit you depends on your age, health, and symptoms. Following a comprehensive exam and a review of your medical history, Maryland Cardiology Associates can make recommendations that align with your needs.

To further explore ultrasounds, make an appointment at Maryland Cardiology Associates by calling the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool today.