What is a Chest Ultrasound?
Chest Ultrasound is a painless radiology exam which is used to help diagnose pain and evaluate the chest in a non-invasive manner. A chest ultrasound can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. Ultrasounds can be used to detect cysts, obstructions, and infections in the body. They can also measure blood flow in the arteries to detect blockages.
Who should get this test?
Ultrasound of Chest is usually ordered by doctors if you have these symptoms of chest diseases or lung cancer:
- A cough that does not go away or gets worse
- Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
- Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
- Shortness of breath
- Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back
- New onset of wheezing
Is there radiation involved?
No. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.