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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