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Do ultrasound technicians have to tell you results?
Typically, ultrasound technicians attend a two-year associate’s degree program. If your ultrasound is being performed by a technician, the technician most likely will not be allowed to tell you what the results mean. In that case, you will have to wait for your doctor to examine the images.
Can the sonographer tell you results?
You may be told the results of your scan soon after it’s been carried out, but in most cases the images will need to be analysed and a report will be sent to the doctor who referred you for the scan. They’ll discuss the results with you a few days later or at your next appointment, if one’s been arranged.
Why can’t an ultrasound tech tell me anything?
Because it is outside of their scope of practice to do so. Their job is to take the pictures, not interpret them. Asking them if they see something abnormal is asking them to interpret the results, which is making a diagnosis.
What does not show up on an ultrasound?
Ultrasound images are not as detailed as those from CT or MRI scans. Ultrasound cannot tell whether a tumor is cancer. Its use is also limited in some parts of the body because the sound waves can’t go through air (such as in the lungs) or through bone.
Why would my doctor call me after an ultrasound?
Don’t be alarmed, you’re not being selected for special treatment. When the first test (or first battery of tests) have been done, you’ll be called for a follow up, and don’t be surprised if further tests are scheduled.
What does red mean on an abdominal ultrasound?
The direction of blood flow is assigned the color red or blue, indicating flow toward or away from the ultrasound transducer.
Will a mass show up on ultrasound?
The shape and intensity of ultrasound echoes can vary depending on the density of the tissue being evaluated. Because sound waves echo differently from fluid-filled cysts and solid masses, an ultrasound can reveal tumors that may be cancerous.
What shows up on an abdominal ultrasound?
During the examination, an ultrasound machine sends sound waves into the abdominal area and images are recorded on a computer. The black-and-white images show the internal structures of the abdomen, such as the appendix, intestines, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and urinary bladder.
Do doctors call with bad news?
Yes, most doctors will call, or have a proxy (sometimes a nurse) notify the patient, or make an appointment to see you in person to give you bad news and what needs to be done.
Do you get ultrasound results immediately?
How long will it take for my doctor to receive the results of my ultrasound exam? One of our board-certified radiologists will review and interpret your ultrasound results immediately. Your doctor will receive a written report and hardcopy images within 24 hours.
What color is a tumor on ultrasound?
For example, most of the sound waves pass right through a fluid-filled cyst and send back very few or faint echoes, which makes them look black on the display screen. But the waves will bounce off a solid tumor, creating a pattern of echoes that the computer will show as a lighter-colored image.