The Benefits of Getting an Ultrasound for Your Breathing Issues

Do you have a respiratory problem or a breathing disorder? The pulmonary experts at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Algonquin, Illinois, specialize in diagnosing and treating pulmonary disorders and preventing them from progressing or developing.

As part of our comprehensive evaluation of breathing disturbances, we use noninvasive diagnostic methods as frequently as possible, including ultrasound. Ultrasound gives our providers a clear picture of what’s happening inside your body, so we can help you feel better faster. 

Here’s a look at the benefits of getting an ultrasound for breathing issues.

How an ultrasound works

An ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves, making it a safe, accessible option when your doctor needs to see what’s going on inside your body. 

The procedure is painless and easy. As you rest on an exam table, your provider applies water-based gel on the areas of interest. They then place a hand-held transducer (wand) on your skin and move it to different areas to collect images of your internal structures, such as your:

Ultrasounds send soundwaves from the transducer through your body, where they bounce off of your internal structures, creating an echo that’s recorded as an image. Your provider or radiologist then interprets these images to identify the causes of your symptoms. 

Benefits of using an ultrasound with breathing disorders

The team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine turns to ultrasound technology as part of the diagnostic process because of the benefits it provides our patients. Some benefits of using ultrasound technology with breathing disorders include:

Another major benefit is that ultrasound is effective in obtaining an accurate diagnosis. Since ultrasound provides effective diagnostic pictures of the affected area inside your body, your provider at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine may use ultrasound to identify the issue if they suspect you have a breathing disorder, such as:

Your provider may also use ultrasound technology during minimally invasive procedures, such as thoracentesis (draining lung fluid) or during a biopsy. 

If you have a breathing disorder, an ultrasound may be able to help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine today.

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