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Ultrasound - Clinical Guidance
Ultrasound is an excellent modality for imaging the solid and cystic structures within the body, it is non-invasive and does not involve ionising radiation. It is of great value when used to answer specific clinical questions that help to confirm or disprove a diagnosis but should not be used as a “screening test” for vague symptoms.
As a rule the ultrasound request should include:
- A specific clinical question(s)
- Clinical history with any relevant laboratory investigation results and physical examination findings
Ultrasound can’t be reliably used to diagnose stomach or bowel pathology. Some common exclusions include scanning for:
- Polycystic Ovaries (PCO) see Rotterdam Criteria, except when part of fertility investigations
- Acute renal colic, CT KUB is modality of choice
- Ovarian or testicular torsion
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