A privately-conducted scan of a Bpd patient’s abdomen might not reveal any obvious symptoms, but that doesn’t mean it’s not invasive.
In fact, when the patient is admitted to a hospital, the doctor and nurse might decide that the scan should be done for the purpose of diagnosing the underlying problem.
That might mean a private ultrasound is recommended in a patient’s case.
But a recent study suggests that this scan is more invasive than many people would have assumed.
The study was carried out by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University at Buffalo.
They analyzed the results of about 20,000 scans done between 2008 and 2011.
A private ultrasound was about 1 in 1,000 times more invasive in patients with BPD than in those without.
To put that into perspective, the average American uses about a private scan for a diagnosis of a single symptom.
In a case like this, the result is not that an invasive scan is not appropriate, but rather that it’s too intrusive.
What do you think?
Is private ultrasound safe?
Do you use it in your own patients?
Sources: BPD Today, Bpd Today, BPD Today article