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A micro blog about topics of interest to our staff, patients, and the medical-imaging industry. 

What is a sonohysterogram (SIS)?
A sonohysterogram (SIS) is a special kind of ultrasound that lets your healthcare provider see inside your uterus  and uterus lining (endometrium) that may be causing unwanted symptoms like bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility. Why would someone need a sonohysterogram? A 3D Saline Infusion Sonohysterogram (SIS) is performed at Advanced Sonograms office in Anchorage, Alaska. It is less invasive than other surgical procedures and it does a better job providing detailed views of structures inside your uterus that may be causing symptoms like pelvic pain, unexplained bleeding or infertility. Your provider may ask you to get a sonohysterogram if these symptoms exist: Your periods are heavier or longer-lasting than is typical.You have vaginal bleeding in between periods.You’ve got pelvic pain that won’t go away.You’ve been unable to get pregnant.You’ve had two or more miscarriages. A sonohysterogram can reveal these types of structures and conditions: Polyps.Fibroids.Atypical uterus shape.Signs of endometriosis.Signs of endometrial cancer.Blockages in your fallopian tubes. How do I prepare for a sonohysterogram? There are time frames and general restrictions on when the imaging can be scheduled and performed.  Your care provider will help to be sure the time is right for the procedure.
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What does a kidney ultrasound show?
The kidneys primary function is to remove a type of waste called urea from the blood. Ureas is produced when foods containing protien — meat, poultry, and certain vegetables — are broken down in the body. Urea, together with water and other waste substances, form urine. A kidney ultrasound may be used to assess the size, location, and shape of the kidneys and related structures ureters and bladder. The Ultrasound can detect cysts, tumors, abscesses, obstruction, fluid collection, and infections. Kidney stones — calculi of the kidneys and ureters — can also be detected. An ultrasound of the kidneys may also be performed to assist in obtaining tissue samples, to place draining tubes, and even to determine blood flood through the renal arteries and veins. In general, an ultrasound is an easy, non-invasive, painless proceedure. The kidney ultrasound doesn't require any specific preparation such as fasting or sedation. Drinking clear fluids at least one hour before the appointment and restrict emptying the bladder are sufficient preparation.
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What is a fetal wellbeing test and why do I need one?
A Fetal Wellbeing, Biophysical Profile, or BPP Ultrasound measures the health of your baby during your pregnancy. The BPP checks your baby’s heart rate, muscle tone, movement, and breathing. It also measures the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby. Looking at these five areas helps your doctor know how well your baby is doing. A biophysical profile is often done if there is a concern about your baby’s health. For instance, it might be done if there is decreased fetal movement or a fetal growth problem, or your pregnancy goes past 42 weeks. But if your healthcare provider suggests a biophysical profile, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with your baby. Your provider may have other reasons to recommend a biophysical profile. Read more →
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What is the difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound?
An ultrasound and a sonogram are related, though they are different. Ultrasound is a type of medical imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs and structures in the body. An ultrasound machine emits sound waves that bounce off the tissues and organs inside the body, creating echoes that are recorded and processed into images. Ultrasound imaging can visualize the structure and function of various organs, such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and reproductive organs. On the other hand, a sonogram is the resulting image produced by ultrasound. It visually represents the internal structures imaged with the ultrasound machine. The term "sonogram" is often used interchangeably with "ultrasound," but technically, a sonogram is the resulting image or picture, while an ultrasound is the actual procedure that produces the image.
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What is difference between a 3D Ultrasound and a 4D Ultrasound?
Both 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound use sound waves to create sonographic images, most commonly of a developing fetus in the womb. The main difference between the two is in the level of detail and the way the images are presented. 3D ultrasound creates a three-dimensional image of the baby. It is a static image, meaning it is a snapshot of the baby at a particular moment in time. The image is created by combining multiple 2D images taken from different angles to create a 3D image. This type of ultrasound provides a more detailed view of the baby's features, such as the face, limbs, and organs. 4D ultrasound, on the other hand, creates a moving, real-time video of the baby in 3D. This means that the image shows the baby moving and the user can see the baby’s movements in real-time. 4D ultrasound is a more advanced technology than 3D, but it has a lower level of detail than 3D. 4D is useful when trying to image an active baby. In summary, the main difference between 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound is that 3D ultrasound produces a static, three-dimensional image of the baby, while 4D ultrasound creates a moving, real-time video of the baby in 3D.
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Carotid Ultrasound: An In-Depth Guide to the Procedure, Benefits, and Results
Carotid ultrasound, a non-invasive and painless diagnostic procedure, has become an essential tool for healthcare professionals to assess the health of carotid arteries and identify potential risks for stroke. As a patient of Advanced Sonograms of Alaska, understanding this procedure is crucial for your overall health and well-being. This comprehensive guide will provide you with an in-depth understanding of carotid ultrasound, its benefits, and what to expect from the results. Read More →
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