Over the last decade I have been examining my patients with bedside ultrasound. It is a hallmark of my clinic, and of my practice overall.
There are pros and cons for using ultrasound.
If I were to only do the conventional patient evaluation with history and physical examination, I would not be able to detect many of the medical conditions which I am able to detect quite easily with ultrasound.
With ultrasound I can instantly see masses, cysts, stones, and nodules that otherwise cannot be detected by a conventional exam. I can see contractions of the heart, the functioning of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, as well as blood vessels and the blood clots which sometimes form inside them.
I call ultrasound my "third eye".
The advantages of bedside ultrasound far outweigh the disadvantages.
It is a pleasure to provide this added diagnostic modality to my patients, as a way to optimize their health care.