What are Adrenal Gland Ultrasounds?
An ultrasound of the adrenal glands uses high frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient’s body. An ultrasound is also sometimes referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, or ultrasonography. The medical professional that performs an ultrasound is called a sonographer.
As an ultrasound uses sound waves rather than radiation, it is regarded as being a safe scan. Because of this, it is the preferred method to use during pregnancy.
An ultrasound diagnoses problems with internal organs, blood vessels, and soft tissue structures within the body. Although generally associated with being used during pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to examine many other parts of the body including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and many other internal structures.
Reasons for an Adrenal Gland Ultrasound:
Ultrasounds are used for a multitude of reasons. A physician may order an ultrasound if a patient is experiencing any pain, swelling, or other abnormalities that require an internal view of the organs.
An adrenal gland ultrasound can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.
Ultrasounds can be used to detect cysts, obstructions, and infections in the body. They can also measure blood flow in the arteries to detect blockages.
An ultrasound may be used to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps.
An Adrenal Gland Ultrasound may help diagnose (find):
An adrenal gland ultrasound is used because it is the fastest and cheapest test to view the adrenal glands. However, it is least accurate and not used as often.
An ultrasound of the adrenal glands can be used to identify an adrenal tumor or other forms of cancer on or around the gland. It can be used to identify the location of the cancer and to determine if it has spread to nearby organs.