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Ultrasound Santa Monica, CA

Most people are familiar with ultrasound imaging being used for checking the development of a baby as it grows in the womb. These are often the first pictures parents have of their child. Ultrasound imaging is a preventive health care service that is also used to diagnose a wide variety of health issues. It can be used to help evaluate:

  • Abdominal tissues and organs
  • The fragility of bone
  • Breast tissue
  • Fetal heart rate
  • Blood flow through blood vessels or organs
  • Heart tissue
  • Ocular structures

It can also be used to guide needle placement for biopsies to collect tissue samples, or for placing a needle in a blood vessel or elsewhere.

A Safe Diagnostic Tool

Ultrasound imaging does not have the same risks as other types of imaging systems. Rather than the ionizing radiation involved in X-rays, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that produce a visible image on a screen. Although it is deemed a safe diagnostic tool, ultrasound waves may slightly heat the tissues, or in some instances, create small pockets of gas in tissue or body fluids.

Ultrasound and Pregnancy

This is the most popular imaging method to check on the health and growth of a baby during pregnancy. Parents have an opportunity to see their unborn child and hear the heartbeat. Bonding also takes place as parents view their baby.

Since the long-term effects of ultrasound are not known, The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and other organizations recommend that it be used sparingly during pregnancy. Keepsake pictures and videos of unborn children can be made during checkups when the doctor orders imaging, but they are discouraged if requested when there is no medical purpose.

Identifying Underlying Causes

Ultrasound, or sonography, is often used to help identify problems with internal organs. This can include swelling, infection or inflammation. It helps identify issues with the gall bladder, bile ducts, liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and large blood vessels. In areas of the body such as the stomach and bowels that contain air, there is not enough structure for the soundwaves to bounce off, so ultrasound imaging is not used for these organs.

Ultrasound imaging can be used to help find problems impacting the female reproductive system. It is often used for scanning the pelvic area to check for fibroids or cysts and other conditions affecting the female organs.

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4.7 / 5.0

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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