Sonography and Ultrasound

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What is an Ultrasound?

There are many uses for ultrasound technology in obstetrics and gynecology. Ultrasound is a high frequency sound out of the audible range for humans. When ultrasound waves are sent into the mother’s abdomen, some of the waves bounce back when they hit tissues of varying density. The time it takes the reflected ultrasound waves to return to the machine is translated into an image of the internal organ, or of the fetus. This image is called an sonogram. A sonogram is used by physicians to observe the growth of a fetus, to calculate their age and due date, and to see the presence of multiple fetuses.

Pregnancy Ultrasound

New River Women’s Health is pleased to offer ultrasound services in our office for the convenience of our patients. Having this technology close at hand can comfort mothers and calm fears if something abnormal is felt.

An ultrasound may be performed early in your pregnancy to determine:

  • Presence of more than one fetus
  • Your due date or the gestational age of the fetus through measurements
  • Detect heartbeat
  • Cause of early bleeding

Later in pregnancy, ultrasound may be used to determine the:

  • Health of the baby
  • Placenta location
  • Amount of amniotic fluid around the baby
  • Position of the baby
  • Baby’s expected weight

Gynecological Ultrasound

Ultrasound is also used in gynecologically to diagnose internal problems such as pelvic bleeding and fibroids. We also perform screening, diagnostic, and interventional ultrasound for general gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology patients.

During a pelvic ultrasound, the uterus and ovaries are evaluated. The ultrasound may help explain findings from a bimanual exam or provide additional information necessary for your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. Common indications for a pelvic ultrasound include pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and suspicion of an abnormality on a bimanual gynecological examination.

Gynecological ultrasound services include, but not limited to:

  • Pelvic evaluation
  • Evaluation of ovarian masses
  • Screening and detection of ovarian and endometrial cancer