Hari Polavarapu, MD -  - Internist

HP Medical PC

Hari Polavarapu, MD

Internist & Primary Care Physician located in New York, NY

Ultrasound Specialist

While you may think “baby” when you hear the word ultrasound, this painless diagnostic test is often recommended by doctors to study the health of various organ structures within your body. Internist Dr. Hari Polavarapu of HP Medical PC in Brooklyn, New York, may recommend an ultrasound to study your gallbladder, heart function, and other important systems. And to save you the inconvenience of traveling to another location, he offers ultrasound testing at his facility. To find out more about ultrasounds, call HP Medical PC or use the handy online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Ultrasound Q & A

by Hari Polavarapu, MD

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound testing (also called sonography) uses sound waves to provide a picture of organs, blood vessels, and tissues within the body without the use of radiation. This makes it safe even for pregnant women and other individuals who should avoid X-rays. An ultrasound also captures moving images rather than the still photos offered by standard X-rays, which is very helpful when studying issues such as heart function.

What are the uses of ultrasounds?

Along with checking up on the health and size of a baby in the womb, doctors use ultrasound studies to diagnose conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues in the body. Doctors also employ the technology to help guide their approach during certain procedures, such as a needle biopsy or joint injection.

While ultrasounds are not helpful for viewing portions of the body that hold air or gas, such as the bowel, they are very useful for spotting:

  • Stones in the gallbladder or kidneys
  • Cysts in the liver
  • Problems with the spleen

Doppler ultrasounds create images of blood flow through your vessels and are often recommended by doctors to search for blood clots and other venous abnormalities.

What happens during an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are considered one of the safest diagnostic techniques available. They are completely painless. You may have to adjust your position at times so the technician can get a better angle on the area being studied. Otherwise, you just relax while the technician does all the work.

Depending on the region being studied, the technician may attach sticky patches (electrodes) to several areas to record your heart rate during the study. The tech then applies a specially formulated gel to the surface of the area being examined.

The technician then moves a handheld device called a transducer over the area, pressing it firmly against your skin so the device makes contact. The gel helps the transducer glide smoothly over your skin. It also helps focus the sound waves emitted by the transducer which travel through the gel and bounce (or echo) off the organ being studied. These echoes are transmitted back to a computer that creates images on a monitor for Dr. Polavarapu to review.

Major Insurances Accepted

At the office of HP Medical PC, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you have any questions. It is the patient's responsibility to ensure eligibility. If you are a new patient and your insurance plan requires you to select a PCP, please do so before you come to the office. Dr. Polavarapu must be listed as your PCP in order to be seen. If you are participating in an Affordable Care Act Plan (aka Gold, Silver, etc), and have a deductible that has not been met, HP Medical PC policy requires you leave a $100 deposit. Should the insurance company remit the payment for your visit, the deposit will be refunded to you.

Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CenterLight Healthcare
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Polavarapu made me feel comfortable- I didn't feel like I was being rushed. He was very thorough and knowledgeable."

    Anne B.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. P has been my doctor for years, he always takes his time to listen and cares. I highly recommend him."

    Raymond B.
  • Healthgrades

    "I found the doctor to be really helpful. Dr Polavarapu addressed my health concerns and the staff was helpful in coordinating all my care."

    Christina S.
  • Vitals

    "Excellent Doctor, wonderful bedside manner!"

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