How Soon Is Too Soon to Have Another Ultrasound Imaging?

If you’ve had an ultrasound before, you know that it’s not just for pregnant women. Ultrasounds are safe, effective ways to diagnose a variety of conditions and illnesses that affect the heart, stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, gallbladder, spleen, ovaries, testicles, thyroid, and so much more. They allow professionals to view the soft tissue throughout the body. If you’ve had an ultrasound in the past, though, you might wonder if it’s too soon to have one again.

The Previous Diagnosis

A high resolution ultrasound is unlikely to make a mistake, but your need for a second screening depends largely on your diagnosis after the first. Were you entirely in the clear or did a doctor diagnose you with a condition or illness? Is that condition or illness cyclical or likely to progress? If your diagnosis included some condition that may return or get worse, it’s definitely worth checking on it again every few months – no less than once a year – as your doctor recommends, even if you feel better or felt better for a time after treatment.

Worsening or Persisting Symptoms

A healthy diagnosis one month doesn’t guarantee a healthy diagnosis for perpetuity. If your symptoms are getting worse or not getting better despite an “all clear” diagnosis, it’s worth getting another ultrasound to see if back then you were only at the very beginning stages of a condition or illness and now that a few months or even years have passed, the condition has progressed and is more visible on the screen. Pay attention to your body. If you don’t feel well, it’s worth ruling out as many possible causes as you and your doctor can, even if you’ve ruled some out in the past.

Second Opinion

If you just received a scan and have a gut feeling the results may have been incorrect – whether because they found no evidence of illness or because they found an illness that involves treatment you’re reluctant to begin – it’s worth getting a second opinion, even if it’s just been days since your last scan. Seek a scan at a third party provider to get an unbiased opinion so you know how to proceed from here on out.

When it comes to your health, it’s better to be cautious than not. Even if you’ve had an ultrasound relatively recently, if your symptoms aren’t getting better or are even worsening, it’s best to take a look. With third party ultrasound providers, you don’t even have to wait for your hospital’s radiology department to have an opening. Schedule your ultrasound appointment today.