Ultrasound is a first line diagnostic imaging technique that is an excellent non-invasive bedside tool. It is radiation free, and therefore safe on human tissues. Results are instant and greatly enhance clinicians’ abilities to make accurate diagnoses throughout many different specialties.
Essentially, sound waves pass from the ultrasound probe through tissues and the returning sound echoes are interpreted by the ultrasound machine, creating images of the tissues without causing any radiation or harm to those tissues.
Dr O’Hara has several years experience in diagnostic ultrasound. Since 2010, she has attended both local and Dublin radiology departments, gaining experience in the areas of early pregnancy, gynaecology (both transabdominal and transvaginal scanning), general abdominal scanning, and now expanding into ultrasound-guided joint injection services.
She holds a Masters in Medical Ultrasound through the University of Bournemouth (which is C.A.S.E-accredited). In 2012, Dr O’Hara completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Obstetric and Gynaecology Ultrasound through UCD (University College Dublin), having attended the Coombe Women’s hospital for over a year at the Early Pregnancy and Foetal Assessment Units.
Her special areas of interest and service to patients include;
- Early pregnancy reassurance scans
- NIPT testing (Non Invasive Prenatal Testing)
- Gynaecology scanning (including coil location)
Other areas of experience also on offer include;
- General abdominal scanning (eg gallstones/fatty liver/kidneys)
- AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) detection
- Thyroid ultrasound
- Testicular ultrasound
- Soft tissue lumps/lesions (eg lipomas/sebaceous cysts/Achilles tendon tears)