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Ultrasound for Common Urologic Conditions in Men

Ultrasound scanning is the main primary investigation for many of the urologican disorders asociated with men. The male urinary tract includes the kidneys, the bladder and the prostate. Other urological conditions affecting men involve the scrotum, testes and penis.

Ultrasound examination can be performed on the patients bedside in acute situations where the patient is admitted to accident and emergency or as routine investigations. Routine investigations are being performed in an NHS hospital following a doctor's referral or by the private sector. Docto's ultrasound referral is not always required when your scan is undertaken by a private ultrasound provider.

As NHS waiting times for routine ultrasound investigations can be as long as 6 weeks+, it is very common these days for patient to book a private ultrasound instead. Having your ultrasound scan performed  by a private ultrasound clinic such as Sonoworld has the advantage of being able to choose the most suitable time and date and the ultrasound results will be with you and your doctor significantly faster than the NHS.  You can also combine your private urinary tract scan with any other ultrasound scan for men and blood tests for a wholistic diagnosis.

 

 Common Urological Condition

The most common urological conditions affecting men are:

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Breast cancer is the second most common cancer women face second only to lung cancer and it is the most feared cancer or disease for most women.

Breast cancer occurs in about 12% of women who will live to the age of 90.

Several well-established factors increase the risk of breast cancer and they include family history, nulliparity (not having had children), early menarche (starting menstrual cycles early), advanced age and a personal history of breast cancer. Other risks include exposure to environmental toxins such as tobacco smoke that increase the chance for cancer growth. 

Early education on the self-breast exam and early screening is extremely important in achieving good outcomes. Self-exam and physician examination will detect cancer at a rate between 70 to 80%. Adding screening mammography (mammograms) will increase detection to 96 - 98%. It has been shown that early detection through clinical exam and mammography can reduce breast carcinoma mortality by 20 to 30%. Today's gold standard for screening (mammograms) will still miss between 10 and 15% of neoplasm.

If a clinically noted mass is followed by a negative mammogram the workup should then include breast ultrasound and/or a fine needle aspiration cytology and close interval examinations.

 

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the term used to cover all diseases that affect the heart and circulatory system, including coronary heart disease, heart attack, angina, stroke, Deep Vein thrombosis and peripheral arterial diseases.

The common factor with these conditions is the build-up of atheroma – small fatty lumps that develop on the walls of the body's arteries (blood vessels), causing them to narrow and thus making it harder for the artery to carry blood and oxygen to the heart.

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the UK accounting for around a third of all deaths. Despite best efforts from health authorities to tackle cardiovascular disease, it continues to affect and claim the lives of thousands of British men and women each year.  Over 140,000 people died from heart disease and stroke in the UK every year.

Health checks for cardiovascular disease, known as vascular health checks, play a vital role in helping to predict and prevent the development of heart disease and stroke. Through these preventative screening tests, doctors are able to identify patients who are at high risk of vascular disease and provide support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

Sonoworld, your leading provider of private ultrasound scans and other health tests in London, has been featured in the British Thoughts Magazine. Find out What the Magazine said about us.

 

A transvaginal ultrasound scan is one of the most common ultrasound examination, regularly used to identify any pathology related to the female reproductive system. You have probably visited your doctor who has requested a pelvic ultrasound.  What can you expect? 

 

What are the reasons that doctors request a pelvic ultrasound?

The most common reasons for a pelvic ultrasound examination are:

- Pelvic pain

- Abnormal uterine or vaginal bleeding

 There is a growing trend of expectant worrying mothers to want to purchase an ultrasound scanner to monitor their babies progress. There are multiple ultrasound scanners that can be purchased on ebay for as little as £500. Some of them are even promising 3D images. Is it a good idea purchasing an ultrasound scanner to perform your own ultraso...

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with one in eight women in the UK developing breast cancer in their lifetime, one person being diagnosed every 10 minutes, according to Breast Cancer Care. It is important to look after your breasts by checking them regularly. Breast awareness does save lives. Breast awareness is the experience of g...

Diagnostic Imaging is a pivotal part of health care in diagnosing the reasons for patients health complains. There are different imaging techniques such as x-rays, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans.

 

A breast ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create  images of  the breast tissue. It is primarily used to  diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor or you may have found during a physical exam,

 

Ultrasound scans are a routine part of the prenatal care enabling obstetricians and pregnant women to monitor the development of the unborn baby from as early as 5 weeks gestation.

 

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