Houston Methodist Hospital’s newly renovated inpatient ultrasound department has five highly advanced ultrasound units with the ability to perform the whole realm of ultrasound procedures.
Two of the most commonly used types of ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging techniques are:
- Medical Sonography (ultrasonography) – Used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images. They are also used to visualize a fetus during routine and emergency prenatal care.
- Obstetric Sonography – Commonly used during pregnancy. Such various usages contribute to it being one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.
Ultrasound imaging is relatively inexpensive and portable, especially when compared with modalities such as MRI and CT. Other types of ultrasound testing include but are not limited to:
- Small parts sonography
- Gynecological sonography
- Endorectal prostate sonography
- Abdominal vascular exams
- Assisting in soft tissue organ biopsies and fine-needle aspirations
- Tissue radio-and cryo-ablations
Houston Methodist Hospital outpatient Ultrasound department located at 6560 Fannin Street in the Scurlock Tower consists of four advanced units capable of the same high quality exams with the exception of non-vascular interventional procedures.