Our Services — Ultrasound
Ultrasound utilizes high-frequency sound waves to take pictures of the structures within the abdomen and pelvis. The sound waves are directed to a specific area of the body through a device called a transducer. Gynecologic ultrasounds can help your provider more accurately diagnose problems within the uterus and/or ovaries. Prenatal ultrasounds provide valuable information on your baby’s health, development, and well-being.
Ultrasounds can be scheduled at either of our offices.
You should drink at least 24 oz. of fluid approximately 1 hour prior to the exam.
Please do NOT empty your bladder during this time.
The procedure will take approximately 45 minutes, but examination times can vary. Ultrasound testing is performed in two ways, depending on your situation:
- Transabdominally: A clear water-based gel is applied to the area of the abdomen being studied. The gel allows the transducer to stay in secure contact with the body. The sonographer (ultrasound technologist) then presses the transducer firmly against the skin where it is directed back and forth to obtain the necessary images.
- Transvaginally: A transvaginal ultrasound involves the insertion of a smaller transducer into the vagina after the bladder has been emptied. A protective cover is placed over the transducer, lubricated with a small amount of gel, and then inserted into the vagina. The images are obtained from different orientations to get the best views of the uterus, ovaries, and pregnancy. Transvaginal ultrasounds are routinely utilized during the first trimester of pregnancy.
After the test, you may resume all normal activities. Your provider will discuss the results of your ultrasound examination with you.