Ultrasound screenings are standard during pregnancy, but have numerous other diagnostic advantages when it comes to your gynecological health. At Georgia Center for Female Health in Decatur and Peachtree Corners, Georgia, women can take advantage of onsite ultrasound technology to save the time and hassle of visiting a separate facility. If you’re in need of an ultrasound, call Lynette D. Stewart, MD, and Wanda I. Cape, CNM, MPH, or book online to take advantage of the practice’s advanced screening tools.
An ultrasound is a noninvasive screening test that uses soundwaves to see your internal organs or a growing baby. The test doesn’t involve radiation, which means it’s perfectly safe for your internal organs and growing fetus.
During an ultrasound, a specialized wand, known as a transducer, glides over the area to be examined. The transducer emits sound waves that penetrate your skin and bounce back to a computer when they hit an object. The waves are then collected by the computer to formulate an image.
Of course, ultrasound is offered as part of routine pregnancy care. It allows the doctor to see your growing baby, make sure development is on track, and even determine the sex.
Ultrasound can also help with the evaluation of the health of your pelvic organs, including your:
The exact organs examined with ultrasound depend on any symptoms you’re having or your medical history.
At Georgia Center for Female Health, an ultrasound may be ordered to diagnose pelvic pain. Dr. Stewart may also suggest an ultrasound to help diagnose:
If the doctor found something suspicious or unusual during a pelvic exam, she might order an ultrasound to get a better idea of the cause.
You also receive regular ultrasounds during a routine pregnancy. Usually, this is scheduled at 18-20 weeks of gestation.
The exact process of ultrasound depends on the type of test ordered. If you’re having an abdominal ultrasound, the technician glides the transducer across your belly and pelvic area. It’s completely external.
A transvaginal ultrasound may be ordered to give the doctor a better view of your uterine lining, interior walls of the uterus, and your ovaries. The sterile transducer is inserted into your vagina to provide the best image.
For more information about ultrasound services offered at Georgia Center for Female Health, call the office, or book a consultation online.