Ultrasound Machines for Gallstones
Since the invention of the ultrasound machine, medical professionals continue to discover new uses for it. As a diagnostic tool, an ultrasound machine is an invaluable tool available to doctors and medical professionals all over the world. They can use it to identify and pinpoint a multitude of diseases and conditions. The nature of the technology lends itself to these life-saving techniques in a noninvasive way most of the time, keeping patient comfort at the forefront. By utilizing ultrasound machines for diagnostic purposes, doctors can find terminal diseases and severe illness without having to operate on a patient. That’s why technicians and doctors are using ultrasound machines for gallstones so they can prescribe treatments.
What are Gallstones?
The gallbladder is a part of the human digestive system and aids in the breaking down of food in the stomach. It sits just below the liver in the upper right portion of the abdomen. The gallbladder stores and releases bile—a yellow-green liquid made in the liver and aids in digestion. Bile carries wastes such as cholesterol and bilirubin, which the body makes when it breaks down red blood cells. Gallstones are pieces of solid material that form in the gallbladder when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. This condition is also known as cholelithiasis. Gallstones vary in size—from a grain of sand to that of a golf ball. They may be present in the gallbladder and go unnoticed until they block a bile duct, which causes pain. In that instance, they need removing immediately.
Signs and Symptoms of Gallstones
Most of the symptoms of gallstones will manifest in the form of digestive problems or stomach pain. When stomach pain occurs, it will be in the upper right part of the belly, just under the rib cage. That pain can be severe to as minor as an upset stomach. It may also lead to vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, and gas, which are all telltale signs of gallstones. However, it may be difficult to clearly diagnose the stones in patients with a history of heartburn and digestion problems. It may be counter-intuitive; another symptom of gallstones is a pain in the right shoulder or back.
What to do in Case of Gallstones
If you are showing any of these symptoms, then you should consult your physician right away and tell them what’s wrong. They can order an ultrasound to examine you and find out if you have gallstones. If that is the case, the ultrasound technician will rub a cool jelly on your abdomen and slowly move a transducer probe around the affected area. The probe pulse sound waves into your abdomen, they will return, and an image of your gallbladder will appear on a nearby monitor. If there are gallstones, they will show up and then the doctor will devise a treatment plan for you to eliminate them.
When you are ready to add an ultrasound machine, such as the Philips IU22, to your clinic or hospital, contact us at Conquest Imaging—we can help!