New Beginnings OB/GYN
Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Robotic Gynecological Surgeon located in Memorial, Houston, TX
Ultrasounds are a wonderful imaging tool used in gynecology and obstetric practice. This technology is available in-house through the care of Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG, of New Beginnings OB/GYN in Houston, Texas. If you need an ultrasound, booking your visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to create “pictures” of your internal tissues. The process is simple and straightforward, and requires no anesthesia.
Most ultrasounds are performed on the outside of your body, using a handheld device called a transducer. A special clear gel helps the transducer glide across the surface of your skin as it sends sound waves into your body.
Those sound waves bounce off your tissues and return to the transducer. Because those waves travel different distances and create different echoes, based on the density of tissue types, the sounds can be converted into images. You and your doctor can see the imaging immediately on a screen.
What can an ultrasound reveal?
Ultrasounds are a popular imaging option during pregnancy. Some of the uses for an obstetric ultrasound include:
- Establishing that you are pregnant
- Estimating your due date
- Determining the sex of your baby
- Checking for developmental abnormalities
- Determining if you are carrying multiples
- Evaluating the position of your fetus
- Checking fetal developmental progress
- Assessing the volume of amniotic fluid
If your ultrasound is performed as part of gynecology care, the applications might include:
- Checking the shape of your reproductive organs
- Screening for pelvic organ prolapse
- Diagnosing urinary incontinence
- Checking for uterine fibroids
- Evaluating blood flow through pelvic organs
- Diagnosing endometriosis
Some ultrasounds are performed transvaginally. A comfortable vaginal transducer probe is inserted to emit and collect the sound waves used in ultrasound imaging.
What should I expect when coming in for an ultrasound?
Ultrasounds aren’t painful, and there’s no need to feel anxious or worried about the procedure. Your practitioner will explain each step as it occurs, and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions.
Some ultrasounds provide better imaging when your bladder is full. You may be asked to drink a high volume of water before your visit and refrain from urination until after your ultrasound.
There’s no need for any type of anesthesia before your ultrasound, and no need for recovery time. You’ll be able to resume normal activities immediately after your visit.
If you have additional questions or would like more information about ultrasounds, call New Beginnings OB/GYN today. Online booking is also available and is fast and easy.