Gynecologic ultrasound is used to obtain images of pelvic organs, not just for looking at babies. The procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to bounce back an image. There are 2 types of gynecological ultrasound – transvaginal and transabdominal. A transvaginal ultrasound uses a thin transducer, which will be covered in a latex sheath and lubricated. The transducer is then inserted into the vagina, where it will be positioned and held at the necessary angle to obtain an image. A transabdominal ultrasound uses a transducer right on the surface of the abdomen. Gel is applied to the abdomen, and then the transducer is moved around over the area until a clear image is obtained.
Ultrasound is used to measure and evaluate pelvic organs, evaluate masses in the pelvic region, or locate and find the position of an IUD, monitor pelvic inflammatory disease and other infections, diagnosing fetal anomalies, and pregnancy complications. Ultrasound is a generally safe procedure, but some people may have reactions to the latex used to cover the transducer or experience discomfort from a full bladder or lying on an exam table.
OB-GYN, P.C. is accredited by American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and we were one of the first practices to obtain this accreditation outside of a hospital setting.