What are Eye Ultrasounds?
An ultrasound of the eyes uses high frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient’s body. It is a painless test that is very commonly used in the medical field today. 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.
An eye ultrasound is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves to measure and create detailed images of a patient's eye. It also allows examination of the orbit, which is the socket in your skull in which the patient's eye sits.
Reasons for an Eye 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 eye 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 Eye Ultrasound may help diagnose (find):
An eye ultrasound is requested when a patient is experiencing unexplained issues with their eyes.
Ultrasounds of the eyes are used to diagnose cataracts and glaucoma.
An eye ultrasound is used after a patient experiences an injury to the eye.
An ultrasound of the eye is used to detect tumors, abnormal growths, foreign substances, and detachment of the retina.
An eye ultrasound is helpful in diagnosing diseases of the eye.
Ultrasounds of the eyes are used to monitor lens implants.