Ultrasound with 2 Dimensional Scan and Water Bath - Eye

This test uses sound waves and a water bath to create images of the tissues and structures in the eye(s).

This test uses sound waves and a water bath to create images of the tissues and structures in the eye(s).

An ultrasound of the eye, also called echography, uses sound waves to create images and measurements of the structures in the eye(s). These images can either be one-dimensional (A-scan) or two-dimensional (B-scan).

  • This test only includes two-dimensional images (B-scan) with the use of a water bath.
  • A water bath is a special cup filled with salt water that is placed and placed between the eyelids. It typically results in better images because it allows the eye to be in direct contact with the water solution.
  • During the B-scan, you will look in different directions.

Your healthcare provider, usually an ophthalmologist or optometrist,, may order this test to:

  • Check for eye diseases
  • Evaluate an eye injury
  • Measure the eye prior to corrective surgery, such as for cataract removal
  • Use as a form of treatment

An ultrasound of the eye takes about 15 minutes and is usually painless.

  • Prior to the test, your healthcare provider will numb your eye with special drops.
  • He or she will then place a special probe covered with a clear gel on the front of your eye.
  • The probe does not come into direct contact with your eye.
  • The gel will help send the sound waves to the computer.

Your healthcare provider will tell you if you need to do anything to prepare for the ultrasound.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Water Bath Eye
Eye Water Bath
Eye Ultrasound
Eye Sonogram

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