Published Articles

Down’s Screening in First Trimester Pregnancy

By Audey Mendenhall RT, RVT, RDCS, RDMS of Sound Health Imaging
DSbaby-100x100In 1866 Langdon Down reported that in individuals with trisomy 21, the condition that came to bear his name, the skin appears too large for the body, the nose is small and the face is flat. In the last decade it has become possible to observe these features by ultrasound examination in the third month of intrauterine life. Read More . . .


Is It A Boy Or Girl?

By Audrey Mendenhall RT, RVT, RDCS, RDMS of Sound Health Imaging
ultrasound-boy1-100x100Now you’re pregnant. Are you going to find out the baby’s sex ahead of time or wait to be surprised? This can be quite a dilemma for expectant mothers. Fortunately, what used to be scarcely more accurate than a coin-toss can now be determined absolutely. Read More . . .


Ultrasound in Pregnancy

By Audrey Mendenhall, RT,RDMS,RDCS of Sound Health Imaging
US-12wks-3D-100x100It has been approximately 3 decades since the introduction of ultrasound to evaluate pregnancies. Initially, this type of imaging was quite limited in the information that it provided. The resolution of the ultrasound image in those early days only answered some basic questions regarding the pregnancy: Is there a pregnancy? Is it viable? What is the gestational age? Are there twins? Will the location of the placenta interfere with delivery? Read More . . .

Fetal Heart Rate

By Audrey Mendenhall RT, RVT, RDCS, RDMS of Sound Health Imaging
US-6wks2daysFetalHeartRate-100x100The fetal heart rate will change during the second trimester, just as it changes throughout the various stages of pregnancy. In fact, the fetal heart rate can change on a moment-by-moment basis, in response to various stimuli or various conditions that can be affecting your baby. While your baby’s heart rate does tend to spike briefly around the age of ten weeks of pregnancy, by the time that the second trimester rolls around, your baby’s heart rate will not change much until after your baby is born. Read More . . .

Ultrasound Isn’t Just for Babies Anymore!

By Audrey Mendenhall, RT,RDMS,RVT, RDCS of Sound Health Imaging
varicoseveins100x100Before you think that ultrasound is only used in pregnancy, think again! Some form of ultrasound is employed in treating or diagnosing almost every organ of the human body. One of the benefits of ultrasound is that it provides a “real time” or live action image that makes it very useful for biopsy guidance or other procedures by providing the physician to ability to watch his or her progress on the ultrasound monitor. Recently, ultrasound has been employed to assist with a new laser treatment for varicose veins. Read More. . .

An Affair of the Heart

By Audrey Mendenhall RT, RVT, RDCS, RDMS of Sound Health Imaging
affairs_of_the_heart-100x100Mankind has always had a passion for things of the heart. The Greeks believed the heart was the seat of the spirit. Chinese believe the heart is the center for happiness. Egyptians thought the emotions and intellect comes from the heart. In American culture the heart has a multiplicity of meanings. We respect someone who “has a lot of heart” for they have an admirable internal drive to accomplish a goal. We sometimes describe a generous or kind person as having a “heart of gold”. Lovers “steal hearts”, “break hearts”, “win hearts”, or love “with all of their heart”.
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A Prenatal Diagnosis of Dacryocystocele

By Audrey Mendenhall RT, RVT, RDCS, RDMS of Sound Health Imaging
DACRYOCYSTOCELE-100x100Dacryocystocele or lacrimal duct cyst is a benign mass resulting from a congenital obstruction of
the lacrimal system. These cystic masses can be detected sonographically after 30 weeks menstrual age. This case study presents ultrasound diagnosis of the dacryocystocele at 33.5 weeks menstrual age after multiple previous sonograms, demonstrating normal fetal facial anatomy. Read More…