While you expect to have ultrasounds during pregnancy, this imaging procedure is also an effective diagnostic tool. Besides offering 2D and 3D ultrasounds to pregnant patients, at Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness, Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon use in-office ultrasound imaging to diagnose a variety of women’s health concerns such as fibroids or polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you need to schedule an ultrasound, call or make an appointment online today.
An ultrasound is an imaging tool that uses sound waves and sonar technology to create images of the organs and tissues inside your body.
Ultrasounds are typically associated with pregnancy and allowing parents-to-be to see their baby for the first time, but ultrasounds are also an effective diagnostic tool for other conditions.
Ultrasounds are safe and noninvasive procedures. In most cases, the ultrasound is performed by your doctor or a trained sonographer who runs a transducer wand over your abdomen.
Depending on what the doctor needs to examine, a transvaginal or transrectal wand may be necessary to create more detailed images from inside your body. If you are overweight, a transvaginal wand may provide for the sound waves to travel through less tissue to create the image.
The transducer sends sound waves through your body, and they bounce back off of different tissues and organs at different speeds. This information is used to create images of your baby or the targeted pelvic organs.
Both 2D and 3D ultrasounds create images of your baby. Differences in technology allow for more detailed three-dimensional images to be created with a 3D ultrasound.
A 2D ultrasound creates the traditional black and white image of your baby, showing its head, organs, cord, and placenta. At your 20 week scan, you can also identify the sex of your baby with a 2D ultrasound.
A 3D ultrasound uses a similar procedure but advanced technology to create thousands of images that are combined to create a 3D image that can show the facial features of your baby or the minute details of the targeted organ.
Dr. Dunkin and Dr. Runyon use ultrasounds to diagnose other gynecological conditions.
For example, if they suspect you have uterine fibroids, cysts, or polyps, an ultrasound is used to create an image of your uterus and will reveal any abnormal tissues. Similarly, if they suspect polycystic ovarian syndrome, an ultrasound will show if you have cysts on your ovaries to confirm the diagnosis.
Ultrasounds are also sometimes used to diagnose issues with your bladder or urethra.
You can schedule an ultrasound by calling the practice or booking online today.