Sound Waves That Can Exactly Locate the Source of Your Pain
Many people know about Diagnostic Ultrasound because OB/GYN physicians use it with their expectant patients on a daily basis. We use diagnostic ultrasound in Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, MD, and Springfield, Annandale, and Alexandria, VA, to properly diagnose foot conditions and identify exactly where the problem is, eliminating trial and error treatment and continued pain for the patient. With our diagnostic ultrasound machine, we can locate and begin to effectively treat soft tissue conditions like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, tumors, foreign bodies, torn tendons, and stress fractures. It also helps us guide injections of cortisone to the precise place that is in pain due to inflammation. You’ll also find insurance companies love it, as it only costs about one-tenth the amount of the typical MRI.
What Is Diagnostic Ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound makes high-frequency sound waves that humans cannot hear with their ears. In podiatry, the machine bounces sound waves off the foot or ankle’s soft tissue or bone structures. This creates an echo, which forms video images that our podiatrists can interpret in real-time.
The ultrasound machine does not cause pain and it stays outside the body. It is safe and costs much less than CAT scans or MRI tests. Because it does not give off radiation or magnetization, pregnant moms or people wearing pacemakers can safely have the test.
How Does the Process Work & Feel?
Our podiatrist makes contact with the area using a transducer – a device that he holds in his hand. This transmits the sound waves and also captures the echo that reflects back to produce the image you see on the computer monitor. You may experience a cooling sensation on your foot at the beginning of treatment. This happens when our podiatrist uses a special gel to complete the contact between your skin and the transducer. You will feel no pain at all and you will be able to speak to our podiatrist at any time during the process.
Diagnostic Ultrasound in Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, MD & Springfield, Annandale & Alexandria, VA, for Your Foot & Ankle Health
To experience our 5-star-rated podiatric care, schedule your New Patient Consultation today by calling (301) 656-6055 to reach our Bethesda, MD, office or (703) 451-2977 to reach our Springfield, VA, office. You may also click here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Discuss Your Goals
- Complete Exam & Diagnosis
- Discuss Your Options
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!