Ultrasound imaging is a very effective and efficient method of making a diagnosis, because of the relative low-cost aspect of it compared to other imaging modalities such as CT and MRI scanning. Although the trifecta may be necessary in certain cases for an absolute diagnosis, ultrasound imaging can often allow for a diagnosis that would void the need for further examination.
When a sonogram evaluation is deemed necessary, it is in order to discover detailed information about the inner structures within the body. Ultrasound imaging can provide both still images and real-time video images that reveal the inner workings of the body by the simple use of a handheld device known as a transducer, over the surface of the skin.
Pros and Cons
The versatility, convenience, and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound is apparent for diagnostic measures, monitoring of fetal development, blood flow evaluations, etc. It is safe, accurate, and cost-effective. However, because it is a real-time diagnostic imaging modality, the information provided from it is best interpreted on the spot. The specific conditions and environment may all have an effect on the imaging, and should be taken into account. Therefore, the importance in the ability to assess all factors during an ultrasound evaluation renders the practice to be highly operator dependent. The portability of an ultrasound device allows for it not to be necessarily tied to a radiology department, but it can be provided for the patient in almost any hospital environment. However, this accessibility puts the responsibility of finding a highly-skilled technician for the task on the patient.
What is the importance of the operator?
In the majority of other gynecological practices, a sonogram technician performs the imaging. This information is then given to a radiologist to interpret the images and to produce a report on the findings. An ordering physician then reads the report and accepts the given information to deduce any diagnosis or condition. This strung-out process not only takes longer, but creates more room for error in interpretation, and ultimately diagnosis. Therefore, the value of a sonogram practice is measured by the beneficial differences it has compared to the standard, and a gynecological practice that holds expertise in both surgical work and associated ultrasound interpretation is highly uncommon.
What sets us apart?
At New York Robotic Gynecology, Dr. Song possesses both the state-of-the-art equipment for ultrasound and the expertise in interpretation and operation of the imaging devices. His 20+ years of surgical experience allows him to interpret the findings from ultrasound from a unique and comprehensive perspective that exceeds the learnings of just a textbook. Not only is he a top class robotic surgeon, but is also accredited by AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine), the official credential authority for sonogram, for excellence in performance and interpretation. Thus, the combination of expertise in both sonogram and surgery allows for immediate and accurate interpretations, and the necessary treatments following.