Ultrasonography is an imaging technique that uses very-high-frequency sound waves to visualize structures in the human body. The technology is relatively inexpensive, portable, and poses no known risks to patients. In addition, ultrasound does not require that an IV line be placed, or that contrast be administered. This allows for a painless procedure that is well-tolerated by patients. Because of these many advantages, ultrasound has become a widely used diagnostic tool over the last 50 years.
The anatomy of the head and neck is very amenable to ultrasound examination. The technique is particularly useful for imaging of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, evaluation of salivary gland disorders, and investigation of neck masses. In select situations, ultrasound can also be used to visualize the tongue, sinuses, and larynx. In the event that abnormal lesions are found in any of these locations, the ultrasound can be used to guide a small needle so that a pin-point biopsy can be obtained. Ultrasound-guided biopsies often allow surgeons to obtain important diagnostic information without taking their patients to the operating room for a potentially unnecessary open biopsy procedure.
Drs. Jason Diaz and Pramod Sharma, our two fellowship-trained Head & Neck Surgical Oncologists, have a combined experience of over 15 years performing both diagnostic and interventional ultrasonography in adult and pediatric patients. Drs. Diaz and Sharma have both been certified in this imaging technique by the American College of Surgeons. They currently are able to offer ultrasound imaging to patients at our Downtown, Draper, and West Jordan office locations.