Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to examine a developing fetus or to get a picture of a woman’s reproductive organs. Instead of having to visit a separate center, you can get your OB/GYN ordered ultrasound imaging performed at the office of West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology. To take advantage of the expert ultrasound services, call the office or book an appointment online.
An ultrasound is a noninvasive medical test that helps the OB/GYNs at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology see inside your body. It uses no radiation so it’s safe for a growing baby and your internal organs.
When the sonographer or doctor runs the transducer wand over the area to be examined, it transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body. When the sound hits an object, it bounces back and a computer collects them to create an image.
You may be most familiar with an ultrasound to examine an unborn baby. The image tells the doctors about your baby’s growth, gender, and any possible health concerns.
Ultrasounds have a lot of applications to your gynecological health beyond evaluating your fetus. Pelvic ultrasounds can evaluate the health of your:
Exactly what organs are examined during an ultrasound depends on the symptoms that led to the ultrasound in the first place.
The sonographer at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology performs both abdominal and transvaginal ultrasounds. A transvaginal ultrasound allows the doctors to view the lining of the uterus and ovaries as well as the muscular walls of the uterus. They also offer a saline infusion ultrasound, also known as a sonohysterogram, which involves injecting a small amount of a salt solution into your uterus to see the lining of the uterus more clearly.
At West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology, the team also offers 3D and 4D ultrasounds so you can clearly see your baby before they’re born. These are not medical imaging tests.
The OB/GYNs at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology might order an ultrasound to help diagnose pelvic pain. You may also need an ultrasound in the following cases:
An ultrasound can also help the doctors diagnose a mass or cyst they palpate during a pelvic exam.
At West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology, the team offers amazing 3D and 4D ultrasound technology that allows you to see images of your baby’s face before birth. The test is best done at 28-32 weeks of gestation.
You don’t have to be a patient of West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology to schedule this ultrasound as they are not diagnostic. You do get printed images and a video of the ultrasound to keep.
For more information about obstetric and gynecological ultrasounds, call West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online.