Choose GI Specialists of Georgia for Imaging Services
When you suspect something is amiss with your gastrointestinal system, there are few better ways to make a diagnosis than with imaging. State-of-the-art imaging technology allows healthcare professionals to get an inside look at your organs and find any abnormalities or problems before they become dangerous. At GI Specialists of Georgia, we only use the most advanced technology in diagnostic imaging to narrow down your healthcare concerns. We understand discovering you have cancer or another life-threatening condition can be a traumatic experience, and we strive to reduce the chances of misdiagnosis, so you don’t have to go through grief unnecessarily. It’s only natural that you may have some questions about the kinds of imaging we perform at our Atlanta locations. Learn more about this innovative diagnostic tool or reach out to our staff with additional questions.
What Is a FibroScan® Test?
We’re proud to offer FibroScan® tests at GI Specialists of Georgia. This test is non-invasive and provides a quick way of measuring liver stiffness and liver fat. Using these results, our team can determine if you need additional testing, such as a liver biopsy. We can also decide if you’re all clear and have a clean bill of health. Not only are FibroScan® results accurate and useful for multiple liver conditions, but they also save time and resources so you can get back to your routine as usual. FibroScan® is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so you can have peace of mind knowing this method is safe.
What Are Ultrasounds for?
Ultrasounds are incredibly useful for help diagnosing problems in the abdominal area and elsewhere in the body. Without ultrasound technology, the only way to get an idea of what the organs look like is through an invasive, time-consuming procedure. Ultrasounds eliminate the need for invasive diagnostic operations. What’s more, they’re completely safe and free of ionizing radiation.
What Equipment Do Ultrasounds Use?
Ultrasound machines are state-of-the-art pieces of equipment that can take pictures of organs within the body. This equipment utilizes high-frequency sound waves that report back to a computer. The computer then uses this data to formulate an image of what’s going on in the body. The team at GI Specialists of Georgia applies a special conducting gel to the skin and then uses a handheld device to move over the abdomen. Patients are able to lie down during the ultrasound and won’t feel pain for its duration. The end result is a complete ultrasound of one or more of your internal organs.
What Can an Ultrasound Detect?
An ultrasound can detect an array of different conditions. You likely most often hear ultrasounds mentioned when talking about pregnancy. However, this tool is useful for much more than just that. When it comes to problems with the gastrointestinal system, an ultrasound machine can create images of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, and more. They can diagnose liver cancer, among other types of cancers, as well as fatty liver. Ultrasounds will detect enlargement of certain organs or cysts, growths, and tumors. GI Specialists of Georgia might also use an ultrasound to look for gallstones or other ailments involving the gallbladder.
When Should I Schedule Imaging Tests?
Your doctor at GI Specialists of Georgia will let you know if they recommend an ultrasound. In most cases, we don’t suggest this procedure unless we have reason to believe there’s something amiss within your gastrointestinal system. You might be experiencing symptoms of a liver condition, or you might exhibit several risk factors for a particular disease. Whatever the case, our Atlanta, GA team will make sure you get an ultrasound when you need one.
Why Choose GI Specialists of Georgia?
If you’re looking for quality healthcare in Atlanta, GI Specialists of Georgia should be your go-to when it comes to liver, pancreas, or gallbladder health. We’re highly-trained in imaging software and a plethora of treatments to help you make the most out of life. Some of our patients are dealing with daunting conditions, but our accurate imaging makes their diagnosis and treatment less stressful and traumatic. Our compassionate staff is always ready to help, even if you aren’t sure if there’s a problem. We’re always here to answer your questions when you need us.