Ultrasound procedures use sound waves to produce images of a particular body part eg. abdomen, thyroid ect. The problem is that ultrasounds need to be read by someone such as a technologist or physician who can in almost certainty describe what he or she sees on the ultrasound. Nowadays, patients want results in real time and not when the physician or technologist is able to read them. This means minutes as opposed to hours. Then of course there is the comparison of other ultrasounds of the same body part to see if things have changed. EKG machines used to rely on physicians who were able to measure and calculate the rhythm of the heart manually with the use of cardio calipers in measuring ekg's that were complex. EKG machines have now evolved into that of interpretative in that the machine is computerized to provide results based on computerized caliper measurements. This should not be seen absolute, but the computerization provides a confirmation since the ekg machine provides a result and the qualified physician or technologist takes that result and does his or her own manual measurement to confirm a particular result. Ultrasound machines should be made to provide interpretative results for ultrasounds and even echocardiograms. Ultrasound machines should also be able to indicate when a measurement is abnormal or severe. This certainly does not replace the physician or technologist who would actually view the echocardiogram or ultrasound for results, but the comparison of computer technology and physician expertise will certainly enhance patient care by instantly interpreting results and confirmation of them for accurate findings. With interpretative 3-D imaging physicians will now be able to obtain result based on exam findings and compare it with their own analysis of images. Interpretation of masses, lesions, blockages, tumors, can all be obtained through interpretative ultrasound and should be used as a standard for future exams of this type. Interpretative ultrasound- provides results in an instant!
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