Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Because no radiation is used, ultrasound is the preferred imaging method to diagnose and monitor pregnant women and their unborn infants.
As sound waves pass through the body, echoes are produced that can help identify the size, shape and density of tissues inside the body.
During the procedure, an ultrasound technologist applies a liquid gel to the skin. The gel helps maintain close contact between the skin and transducer and ensures sound waves are freely conducted into and out of the body.
The technologist sweeps the transducer back and forth over the area of interest. The echoes are instantly measured and displayed by a computer.
Ultrasound technology is used for vascular studies as well, which can help diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when atherosclerosis causes a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. As the buildup worsens, it reduces or stops blood flow to the extremities. Early on, PAD may only cause difficulty walking, but in severe forms, it can cause painful foot ulcers, infections and even gangrene, which could require ampuation. Atherosclerosis affects many blood vessels in the body, and people with PAD are three times more likely to die of heart attacks or strokes than those without PAD.
NMMC is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in vascular testing.
For more than 25 years, the IAC has developed standards and methods evaluating the quality of care delivered to patients. The IAC provides accreditation programs across several practice areas dedicated to ensuring high-level care, all laddering up to its stated mission: “Improving healthcare through accreditation®”.
To obtain accreditation, facilities voluntarily undergo an extensive application and evaluation process to ensure practices meet or exceed the quality standards set by the IAC. The IAC Board of Directors, as well as two independent reviewers, carefully analyze all operational aspects of facilities and conduct in-depth reviews of case studies to confirm facilities’ compliance with IAC Standards and Guidelines.
This accreditation is related to the high-quality ultrasound studies and reports, as well as the qualifications of our staff and physicians.