What Are Gynecology Ultrasounds?
Even if you’ve never had an ultrasound before chances are good that you know what it is. A sonogram and anultrasound are the same thing. This painless, non-invasive test is one of the best ways for our OBGYNs to be able to see your pelvic organs.
How does an ultrasound work?
By measuring the echo waves (when sound waves bounce off an object) we can visibly see the shape, size and texture of the tissue, vessels and organs within the body, which can help us detect even the smallest changes in the overall shape or contour of any of these organs or soft tissue.
In some cases, an ultrasound is used to monitor the health of a developing fetus during pregnancy.
What issues can an ultrasound detect?
An ultrasound can be instrumental in detecting the root cause of abnormal bleeding, menstrual issues or pelvic pain. During an exam, we can also detect issues such as anomalies, cysts, fibroids, endometrial polyps and cancer.
Ultrasound is also used for procedures such a sonohysterogram to check for masses inside the uterine cavity and Femvue to see if your fallopian tubes are open.
What should I expect during an ultrasound?
For most ultrasounds, we would like to arrive at the office with a full bladder or arrive thirty minutes before your appointment time to start drinking water at the office. During an ultransound, our ultrasonographer will appply gel to your lower abdomen and place the probe overyour abdomen. After gettinga s much informaton about your pelvis from the abdominal images, you will be asked to empty your bladder. The second stage is a vaginal probe, placed gently inside the vagina. This allows the probe to be closer to your inner pelvic organs. From there, images are produced on a screen. During a pelvic ultraouns, we are able to examine and evaluate the health of the:
- Fallopian tubes
If you have questions about getting a gynecological ultrasound, or if you need to schedule an appointment with an OBGYN, call Ideal Gynecology at (470) 312-3696.