Sonography

Sonography

Frontera’s sonography procedures use ultrasound to see under the skin and examine the body’s internal workings, such as muscles, joints and internal organs.

Resting echocardiogram

This non-invasive ultrasound study is used in the investigation of abnormal heart sounds, unexplained chest pain, shortness of breath and abnormal heart rhythms.  It is also used to detect valvular disease and help determine the severity of heart failure.  The procedure is painless and has no major risks associated with it as only sound waves are used in image generation.

Arterial scans

Up to 20 percent of individuals over the age of 65 are affected by peripheral artery disease.  Of those who have been diagnosed with PAD, only 33 percent exhibit any symptoms.  These ultrasound tests evaluate arterial blood flow in the legs or arms.

Venous scans

These ultrasound tests evaluate blood flow in veins and search for blood clots.  The procedure is primarily for the legs and arms.

Carotid ultrasound studies

Ultrasound imaging of the carotid neck artery is remarkably effective for identifying seemingly low-risk patients who actually have cause for concern of CAD.

Intima-Media Thickness (IMT)

Carotid IMT is a measurement of the thickness of the carotid artery wall.  An increased IMT is generally considered an early marker of coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis.

Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Scan (AAA)

Abdominal aorta aneurysm (also called AAA or Triple A) is a localized ballooning of the abdominal aorta. Men between the ages of 65 and 75 who are (or have been) smokers are most often given this screening to help identify a prevent rupture of the AAA.

Ankle-Brachial Index studies

Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) is a measurement that is useful in evaluating the adequacy of the circulation in a patient’s legs. It can also be used to follow the improvement or worsening of leg circulation over time.

 

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