What is B-Scan?
Southeastern Retina Specialists in Jacksonville, FL offer the advanced B-Scan technology to accurately diagnose certain eye conditions. To get a clearer and more detailed picture of the condition of various eye structures, your retinal specialist may use B-Scan ultrasonography. This form of diagnostic testing utilizes ultrasound technology to capture images quickly and painlessly. The high frequency sound waves are used to provide two-dimensional, cross-sectional images of the structures in the inner eye, including the retina. The B-Scan can recognize a wide breadth of eye conditions and diseases, which include: vitreous bleeding, retinal detachments, intraocular tumors, inflammation, and more.
In addition, A-Scan is used to accurately measure the distance between the cornea and retina to identify various eye tumors.
What to Expect
B-Scan testing is quick, painless, and performed conveniently in the doctor’s office. No numbing or special preparation is needed prior to the test. The B-scan is conducted through closed eyelids, where a small device will be placed on your eyes to capture images. Throughout the test, your doctor will instruct you to move your eyes in a variety of directions to get images of your eyes from different angles.
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After your test, you should have a responsible adult drive you home and avoid touching your eyes for approximately 30 minutes. Since there was no numbing or preparation, you will experience no downtime. From the detailed images received from the B-Scan, your doctor will be able to analyze and diagnose eye conditions rather quickly. If there are any problematic areas on your images, your doctor will discuss them with you in detail and begin you with treatment as soon as possible.
Get More Information
There are various diagnostic tools to check on the health and condition of your eyes with the B-Scan being one of them. Only your doctor can determine if this is the right diagnostic tool for you. To find out if you’re a candidate, please contact our friendly staff to learn more.