Ultrasound imaging is most often associated with pregnancy and checking the health of your baby before childbirth. The technology is used in a wider range of applications. Ultrasound allows your physician to see details that are missing from x-rays and other types of diagnostic tests.
A pelvic ultrasound provides detailed images of your pelvic region, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, bladder, and uterus. Conditions that can be detected with ultrasound technology are:
- Urinary problems
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Shifted IUD
- Premature labor
- Abnormal Growths
Having an ultrasound during your pregnancy gives your obstetrician a clear understanding of well your bay is developing. Conditions that may affect your baby’s health before and after birth may also be identified during the procedure. In addition to the diagnostic benefits, a fetal ultrasound may help you know the sex of your baby.
Is Ultrasound Testing Safe?
Safety is a top concern for women who are pregnant, as well as those who want to ensure the health of their reproductive systems and bodies. Ultrasound is used for numerous applications in the medical field, and it has an exceptional reputation for safety, convenience, and patient comfort. Often ultrasound imaging can alleviate the need for invasive procedures that are exploratory. If your obstetrician finds concerning results during your pregnancy, measures can be taken to remedy the problem and keep your baby healthy.
Preparing for Your Ultrasound
If your ultrasound is part of a series of diagnostic testing in the previous weeks, you should advise the technician of any x-rays that involved the use of barium. You may not be required to change into a gown for the examination, so we recommend that you wear something comfortable that allows access to your pelvic region. The technician may describe some general details about the images that are produced during the ultrasound, but your obstetrician can provide a higher level of details and diagnostic findings.
Learn More About Gynecological Ultrasound Imaging. Contact Columbus Women’s Care.
To learn more about gynecological ultrasound imaging, menopause treatments, cervical cancer screenings and our other services, contact Columbus Women’s Care today to schedule an appointment. We have three convenient locations in Columbus, Canal Winchester and Lewis Center, and you can contact us directly at (614) 755-4200.