At Integrative Rheumatology of Texas, Dr. Vijay Karia and his staff use state of the art equipment such as diagnostic ultrasounds to accurately diagnose a multitude of serious health conditions. The facility serves patients throughout the Houston, Texas area, including residents of The Woodlands, Cypress, and Tomball.
A diagnostic ultrasound or diagnostic medical sonography are used to provide doctors with an accurate look inside the body without the need for surgery or an x-ray. While most people associate an ultrasound with pregnancy, it can be used for other types of health conditions as well. Ultrasounds of the joint provide a black and white picture through the use of sound waves and a receiver that records the waves as they bounce off specific structures within the body and are picked up and recorded by the receiver. The procedure is performed in the doctor's office and is non-invasive, allowing the person to return to work immediately after it’s over. Ultrasounds are vital tools when it comes to offering patients detailed diagnostic or treatment information.
Diagnostic ultrasounds are used so that a doctor can see exactly what is happening to a joint or other body parts. The sound waves are sent into the body and return in varying lengths. The information is collected by a receiver that creates a real-time image of the joint. It can show damage or inflammation to the bones and other connective tissues. An ultrasound can identify potential subclinical problems before they begin to cause serious damage, allowing the doctor to take measures to stop the progression of the disease or repair the injured area.
Ultrasounds have very few side effects and are completed in a relatively short amount of time.The procedure is non-invasive with little risk of injury and no abnormal scarring. During the ultrasound, the patient may feel a slight rise in temperature around the joint. These conditions are very short-lived, often disappearing as soon as the procedure is completed. There is no downtime, and the patient is capable of returning to their normal routine upon leaving the doctor's office.
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