Ultrasound imaging shows a detailed picture of your abdominal and pelvic organs. At WHASN Meadows, with multiple offices in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, you can get a quick and safe ultrasound to evaluate fetal development or for certain reasons not related to pregnancy. To schedule your next appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
An ultrasound, also called sonography, is an imaging test that uses harmless sound waves to produce a real-time image of the structures in your body. It also shows blood flow. The sound waves echo off your organs and tissues before bouncing back to the transducer device, which then produces an image on a nearby computer screen.
When you get an ultrasound at WHASN Meadows, your providers interpret the results to you right away. You may need an ultrasound for diagnostic purposes, to evaluate a developing condition, or to check on fetal development.
There are two types of ultrasounds used in gynecology: a transabdominal ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound. With the transabdominal variety, your provider places a smooth gel on the skin of your abdomen and glides the transducer around in it. With a transvaginal ultrasound, a different transducer goes into the vaginal opening.
When used for gynecological and obstetric purposes, ultrasound imaging can detect many conditions and developments. One of the most well-known ultrasound imaging uses is to monitor fetal development during prenatal care visits. Ultrasounds are unique among imaging tests because they don’t expose you or your baby to harmful radiation.
An ultrasound can also help diagnose or monitor:
Additionally, ultrasound imaging can help your gynecologist locate an intrauterine device guide biopsy procedures, or assess breast lumps.
There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for an ultrasound. You don’t need to stop taking your current medications or fast before the procedure like you would with other tests and services, but your provider may still have a few instructions for you.
Depending on the type and purpose of ultrasound you get, you may need to ensure that your bladder is full before the test begins. You should drink plenty of water and be sure not to urinate until you’re through with the test.
If you need to schedule ultrasound imaging for any purpose, call WHASN Meadows or schedule an appointment online today.