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:
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.
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.
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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