Ultrasounds

Ultrasounds Specialist
Everyone knows ultrasounds can be used to determine the gender of an unborn baby, but it has many other applications in obstetrics and gynecology. The team at Gresham Women’s Healthcare uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to assess fetal development, to evaluate the causes of pelvic pain, and to diagnose and treat an array of issues, without the use of ionizing radiation. Ultrasounds offer highly-detailed images of organs and internal processes in real-time, helping women in the Gresham region get the most appropriate care for their medical needs.

Ultrasounds Q & A

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How are ultrasounds used in gynecology?

In addition to monitoring fetal growth and development, ultrasounds can be performed to evaluate the health of the placenta and to assess conditions other than pregnancy, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Causes of abnormal menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain
  • Causes of infertility issues
  • To evaluate the health and function of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes
  • Ultrasound guidance procedure: Providing guidance during some minimally-invasive surgical procedures with real-time images


How is an ultrasound performed?

Ultrasound is performed right in the office, and because it’s painless, there’s no need for sedation or recovery time.

During the exam, the patient will lie on an exam table in a darkened room, making it easier for the doctor or technician to view the images on the ultrasound monitor.

The doctor or technician will apply a special water-based gel on the patient’s belly and then pass the ultrasound handheld device — called a transducer — over the belly, using gentle pressure to ensure the clearest, most detailed images.

The transducer emits sound waves through the skin. These waves bounce off internal structures and are “recaptured” by the transducer, which sends the data to the ultrasound machine where they’re “translated” into images.

Most ultrasound procedures take less than a half hour to perform.

What is a transvaginal ultrasound?

A transvaginal ultrasound is prescribed to obtain detailed images of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes in women with abnormal menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, or a history of cysts, fibroids, or adhesions.

During a transvaginal ultrasound, the patient lies on an exam table in a position similar to the position used for a pelvic exam, and the doctor or technician will gently insert a lubricated wand-shaped transducer into the vagina.

Vaginal insertion of the transducer enables the doctor to obtain images with far greater detail compared to ultrasound performed through the belly.

What is a saline infusion ultrasound?

In a saline infusion ultrasound — also called a saline infusion sonograph — a small amount of saline is infused or inserted into the uterus prior to the exam. The saline solution makes it easier to view the uterine lining, making it a good choice for evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding, polyps, and scars.

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