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If you are referring a patient for an ultrasound examination, it would be valuable to include:
A concise, relevant clinical history, as this will improve the efficacy of any diagnostic imaging test.
Relevant recent pathology or imaging results.
There are no absolute contraindications for an ultrasound examination.
There are no relative contraindications for an ultrasound examination.
Your patient should not experience any adverse effects from ultrasound examination.
Ultrasound is generally considered a primary diagnostic modality, because it is cheap, easily accessible and is very accurate in many settings. Be aware that patients with specific indications may be better referred to CT and MRI directly.
If you have any doubt about the appropriateness of a diagnostic test, please contact the local diagnostic imaging department, where the consultant radiologist will generally be happy to discuss the best alternative with you.
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