Ultrasound Specialist

Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine located in Algonquin, IL

When you have a breathing disorder or respiratory issue, you often need a diagnostic test like an ultrasound to get to the root of the problem. Specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of pulmonary disorders, Dennis Keller, MD, and Madhu Gundavaram, MD, of Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine offer an ultrasound on site. The practice uses an ultrasound, along with other diagnostic tests, to pinpoint the cause of your condition and recommend effective treatment. Call the practice in Algonquin, Illinois, today or book a consultation online.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

A noninvasive medical test, ultrasound aids in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. An ultrasound uses ultrasound waves to produce pictures of the inside of your body. An ultrasound can reveal abnormalities, structural issues, and help diagnose lung diseases.  

An ultrasound works by sending painless sound waves into your body. The waves bounce off dense surfaces, while traveling through soft tissue and fluids. This process is how an ultrasound creates an image.

An ultrasound of your chest reveals internal structures, such as your:

  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Aorta
  • Trachea
  • Esophagus
  • Thymus
  • Lymph nodes

A chest ultrasound also shows images of the pleural space, the area between your lungs and the interior wall of your chest.

Why do I need an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is commonly used in diagnosis. You may need one if your provider at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine suspects you have a disorder such as:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchitis
  • Pleurisy
  • Lung cancer
  • Tuberculosis

The team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine also may use an ultrasound to guide a needle during thoracentesis, a procedure to drain lung fluid. Ultrasound also is used for guidance during a biopsy.

What should I expect before an ultrasound?

In most cases, an ultrasound doesn’t require preparation, unless you’re getting a biopsy or treatment. On the day of your ultrasound, you may want to wear loose-fitting clothing and leave your jewelry at home. When you arrive at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, a member of the team will escort you to a room to change into a gown for your ultrasound.

What happens during an ultrasound?

Here’s what to expect during your ultrasound:

  • You’re positioned on an exam table, typically lying on your side or back
  • A trained ultrasound technician applies gel to your skin over the area to be studied
  • The technician places a small, hand-held device called a transducer against your skin, moving over the area being examined
  • As the transducer moves, it transmits sound waves into your body, creating images, which then appear on a computer or monitor
  • You may be asked to cough or sniff during the ultrasound to assess movement in your chest cavity

After your ultrasound, you can wipe off the gel and get dressed. The team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine reviews the images and discusses your results with you.

If you need an ultrasound, trust the expert care at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. Call today or book a consultation online.

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