What is a thoracic ultrasound?

doctor explaining results of lung check up from x ray scan chest on digital tablet screen to patient. Dr. Marc Bowen is an experienced pulmonologist and lung doctor with over three decades of care for patients in the area of New York, New York. In order to diagnose certain conditions that impact organs such as the heart and lungs, he may recommend imaging services such as thoracic ultrasound. Please continue reading to learn more about thoracic ultrasounds and how they are used in his practice.

What is a thoracic ultrasound?

A thoracic ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging test that uses sound waves to create pictures of the structures inside of your chest, including your heart and lungs. It can be used to diagnose problems with your heart or lungs or to guide procedures such as biopsies.

How do I prepare for a thoracic ultrasound?

If you’re scheduled for a thoracic ultrasound, Dr. Marc Bowen will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. In most cases, you won’t need to do anything special to prepare. However, if you’re scheduled for a biopsy, you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period of time before the procedure. This is due to the sedation or anesthesia that might be used to get patients comfortable beforehand if anxious.

What happens during a thoracic ultrasound?

During a thoracic ultrasound, you will lie on your back on an exam table. A gel is gently applied to your chest, and a handheld device called a transducer will be used to send sound waves into your chest. The sound waves bounce off your organs and are converted into images that are viewable on a monitor. If Dr. Bowen needs to obtain tissue samples (biopsy), he will use the ultrasound images to guide a needle carefully through your skin and into the affected area.

After the procedure, the gel is removed from your chest, and you will be able to get dressed and go home. If you received sedation or anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home.

How do I learn more about thoracic ultrasounds?

Thoracic ultrasounds are just one of several imaging services used at the practice of Dr. Marc Bowen for diagnostic purposes. If you reside in the New York, NY area and are in need of a pulmonologist or lung doctor, call our main office line at (212) 480-4062 to request an appointment at one of our two office locations.

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