Advanced Ultrasound Imaging
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive way for doctors to see inside the body and make an accurate diagnosis without the use of radiation.
In addition to standard ultrasound exams that include Doppler or 3D imaging, we are the only Delaware provider that offers a full range of advanced, cutting-edge technologies capable of providing enhanced views of targeted areas.
Our advanced technologies include:
- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS).
- Saline infusion sonohysterography (SIS).
- Specialized expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS)
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound uses a contrast agent to improve the quality and reliability of ultrasound scans. CEUS is recommended when a more advanced image is needed to detect possible lesions or abnormalities of the liver and kidney. This technology is currently being investigated in other areas of the body, including the pelvis.
CEUS can provide a more accurate image compared to traditional ultrasound technologies. This is made possible through the use of tiny microbubbles, which are introduced to the body through an intravenous injection. As they move through the bloodstream, the microbubbles change shape and respond to ultrasound probe soundwaves,making a better image possible.
A Safe Option for Patients Many patients cannot undergo traditional MRI or CT scan procedures due to allergies to contrast dyes, kidney function, pacemakers or a fear of enclosed spaces. CEUS offers several benefits to these patients,
- No radiation exposure.
- Contrast agent does not contain dyes.
- Microbubbles do not affect the kidneys or liver and are naturally eliminated by the body.
- Safe for patients with renal disease.
- Safe for children.
Liver Shear Wave Elastography and FibroScan®
Patients with liver disease, such as Hepatitis C (HEPC), Hepatitis B, fatty liver and HEPC/HIV may benefit from elastography of the liver in conjunction with their standard ultrasound. Liver elastography is a well-studied, noninvasive technique that can show if the liver is soft or hard, which allows our radiologist to determine the severity of disease or level of fibrosis and potentially avoid a liver biopsy.
Saline Infusion Sonohysterography
This technique often helps to prevent more invasive diagnostic procedures for female patients experiencing pain or excessive vaginal bleeding. It provides a detailed view of the uterine lining to determine if polyps, cancer or fibroid tumors are present.
Specialized Expertise in Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds
Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide diagnostic images of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissues throughout the body. Compared to the MRI, ultrasounds often provide greater internal detail when assessing soft tissue structures and their movement.
A musculoskeletal ultrasound is an option to diagnose a wide range of conditions including
- Baker’s cyst.
- Benign and malignant soft tissue tumors.
- Effusion and bursitis in the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow joints.
- Ganglion cysts.
- Morton’s neuroma.
- Muscular injuries such as hernias and hemotomas.
- Nerve entrapments such as Carpal Tunnel syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Rheumatoid synovitis and erosions in hands, wrists, and feet.
- Tendon tears or tendinitis throughout the body.
- Trigger finger.
Our team also conducts evaluations of the median, radial, tibial and peroneal nerves.