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Elective scans are a great tool to help assess musculoskelatal injuries, for those interested in taking a peek at their baby anytime they want or to just take a look at their own anatomy without even needing a doctors order. Additionally if you have a family history of issues, have a nagging suspicion something might be wrong or just want a peace of mind scan as a preventative checkup we are glad to do an assessment. It is important to understand however that elective ultrasounds are non-diagnostic and DO NOT replace the anatomic scan you receive at your doctor’s office. Ultrasound technicians at elective facilities will not be specifically looking for abnormalities during the scan for the purpose of sending images off to a Radiologist to confirm a diagnosis. However, if something stands out or doesn’t look right in your scan we will recommend you follow up with your Primary Care Manager as a preventive measure and we can also recommend some Holistic or natural remedies and advice on healthy lifestyle changes to assist you.  

Musculoskelatal Ultrasound: 
Produces pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help reveal sprains, strains, tears, and other soft tissue conditions. 

Obstetric Ultrasound:
Obstetrical ultrasound provides pictures of an embryo or fetus within a woman's uterus, as well as the mother's uterus and ovaries.

Carotid Ultrasound:
Evaluation of plaque buildup and blood flow in the carotid arteries.

Abdominal Ultrasound:
Evaluation of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and AAA.

Bilateral Lower Extremities:
Evaluation of blood flow in the lower extremities. Full segments with ABI’s.

Pelvic Ultrasound:
Allows quick visualization of the female pelvic organs and structures including the uterus, cervix, vagina and ovaries.

Breast Ultrasound:
Produces pictures of the internal structures of the breast primarily used to help reveal breast lumps or other abnormalities.

 
Have you ever heard the Ben Franklin quote that states, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” 

How is an Elective Ultrasound Different Than What I Get at My Doctor’s Office?
During your anatomic ultrasound at your doctors office, the technician or the doctor will be taking measurements and looking for any signs of slower than normal development. They will be checking the vital organs, including the heart and brain, and also the bones such as the spine and skull. Based upon the results of the measurements, the gestational age of the baby will be predicted based upon the average size of other babies scanned during the 20th week of pregnancy. If any abnormalities are found, additional examinations will be scheduled.