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General Diagnostic Ultrasound Q & A

Why do I need a general diagnostic ultrasound? Ultrasound technology utilizes very high-frequency sound waves, which bounce off structures inside your body, to produce images. This allows your specialist to see detailed images of your bones, connective tissues, muscles, and other components, with a simple, non - invasive, in-office imaging test. Your foot and ankle doctor may recommend a general diagnostic ultrasound to confirm or rule out any of the following conditions (among others):

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Sprains and strains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Stress fracture

  • Muscle tears

  • Abscess

  • Arthritis

  • Bursitis

  • Tumor

General diagnostic ultrasounds are also helpful for getting to the root of heel pain, which is one of the most common pain-causing issues podiatrists regularly treat.

What are the benefits of a general diagnostic ultrasound? Dr. Sara Shirazi proudly offers general diagnostic ultrasounds at Pasadena Orthopedics, Inc. The podiatry team regularly utilizes ultrasound imaging, because it:

  • Provides instant images

  • Requires no special preparation

  • Doesn’t expose you to radiation

  • Is more comfortable for the patient, cheaper, and faster than an MRI (and provides the same results)

Additionally, a general diagnostic ultrasound allows your podiatrist to observe the live movements of your inner structures. This is beneficial because if you only feel pain when you flex your foot, as an example, your podiatrist can have you flex during your ultrasound, so they can observe what’s happening and ensure they look at all surrounding structures.

What happens during a general diagnostic ultrasound? General diagnostic ultrasounds from Pasadena Orthopedics are routine components of pain or injury evaluations. After performing a thorough examination, checking your range of motion, and evaluating your pain, your dedicated podiatrist performs an ultrasound.

Dr. Shirazi applies a warm, clear gel-like substance to your skin and glides the ultrasound transducer — a small handheld tool — over your foot or ankle. They view images right on the screen and capture any photos or videos they may need to help with the diagnostic process.

Dr. Shirazi will talk with you about what she observes during the ultrasound and show you any areas of concern. In many cases, your doctor can diagnose you on the spot and talk with you about the best treatment options.

Pasadena Orthopedics provides on-site general diagnostic ultrasounds, so you can get fast results. Find out more by booking an appointment either online or over the phone today.

Call: 626-517-0022


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