At some point in your pregnancy, you’ll likely have an ultrasound. Giuseppe Ramunno, MD, and the team at Bethany Women’s Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona, can help you determine the right time for your ultrasound and can explain what to expect from the process. If you’d like to book a visit, call the office today, or use the easy online scheduling page.
Ultrasound technology essentially uses sound waves to create images of your internal tissues. The process is simple, straightforward, and does not require any form of anesthesia. There’s no pain and no risk of harm to you or your baby.
During your visit, you’ll recline on the exam table. A clear gel is applied to your belly to help the handheld transducer glide over your skin and enhance the imaging. Your practitioner moves the transducer across your belly, placing gentle pressure on your skin.
That transducer emits sound waves that pass through your body. As the waves strike various tissues, they bounce back and are collected by the transducer. Those echoes allow ultrasound technology to create images of your internal organs and structures, including your developing baby.
Your obstetrician will likely perform an ultrasound during your first trimester. This timing fulfills several goals, including:
You might also have one or more ultrasounds in your second and third trimesters. These ultrasounds allow the following:
Of course, ultrasounds also allow you to “see” your little one and receive that important first photo of your baby. Bethany Women’s Healthcare offers 3D/4D ultrasound technology to create incredibly clear and detailed imaging.
Though ultrasound imaging is usually associated with pregnancy care, this technology also has numerous applications in gynecology. When your gynecologist is working to determine the cause of symptoms, ultrasound is a simple and inexpensive starting point.
In addition to using the handheld transducer to collect images from the abdomen and pelvis region, there is also a transvaginal ultrasound option. The process is similar, except the transducer is a comfortable wand placed inside the vagina.
Some of the uses of ultrasound technology in gynecology include:
If your gynecologist feels an ultrasound is a good fit for your needs, you’ll learn more about what to expect, how to prepare, as well as other options.
Booking an appointment for an ultrasound can be done over the phone or online.