Sometimes called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging method that employs high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. These images can provide important information for the diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions and diseases.
Gynecological ultrasound is used for a variety of reasons, including to:
Depending on what a patient is being screened for, they may be asked to remove some or all of their clothing, remove jewelry, change into a gown, and lie on an examination table. Gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined to prevent air pockets from forming which can block sound waves.
A doctor or trained technician presses a small, hand-held device (transducer), against the skin over the area being examined, usually moving it as necessary to capture the image. A transducer emits sound waves into the patient’s body, collects sound waves that bounce back and transmits them to a computer, which in turn creates the images.
Ultrasound is generally painless, though some patients may experience mild discomfort as the sonographer guides the transducer over their body, especially if they were required to have a full bladder.
An in-office diagnostic ultrasound is totally non-invasive, virtually discomfort free, and take less than an hour to complete. With our in-house ultrasound, there is no waiting period for the results of the test to be known. Many conditions can be detected and diagnosed and an initial treatment can be started during one office visit.
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