Ultrasounds are a safe, painless way of viewing your internal organs and checking your baby’s development when you’re pregnant. Diana Heard, MD, Olga Vega, PA, and the team at Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in Glendale, Arizona, provide ultrasound services on-site, including 3D and 4D technologies for stunning images of your unborn baby. To find out more or book your ultrasound scan, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.
Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create moving images of your internal organs. The sound waves come from a transducer, a hand-held instrument connected to the ultrasound machine. You can’t hear these sound waves as they’re too high for human ears to detect.
An abdominal ultrasound is the most common form, where your Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC provider moves the transducer across your abdomen. For some investigations, you might need a transvaginal ultrasound. In this case, the transducer is a wand-like instrument your provider inserts into your vagina.
You might need an ultrasound to allow your OB/GYN to see your reproductive organs and urinary tract in more detail if you have symptoms of conditions like uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts.
Ultrasounds are also an essential part of your prenatal care. They allow you, your partner, and your OB/GYN to see your unborn baby. This is an extraordinary experience for parents, seeing their child for the first time. Your OB/GYN can check for any abnormalities in the baby’s development and ensure the pregnancy is progressing as it should.
There are several kinds of obstetric ultrasound. 2D ultrasound is the traditional kind, producing a flat, two-dimensional image that looks like a moving photo. 3D ultrasound has more realistic images and may help your OB/GYN better identify developmental problems. 4D ultrasound creates the most realistic video of your baby.
You have your first ultrasound early in your pregnancy and another at 20 weeks. You might need additional ultrasounds if there are any concerns over the baby’s development.
Ultrasounds are painless and don’t require sedation, anesthesia, or special preparations. Your Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC OB/GYN might need you to have a full bladder for some ultrasounds, but they’ll advise you if this is the case.
For an abdominal ultrasound, your provider applies a slippery gel to your skin and then runs the transducer across your abdomen. They might need to press harder in some places to get a clear image, which may cause slight discomfort. They watch the images the ultrasound produces on a monitor, recording them for further analysis.
A transvaginal ultrasound is very similar, except the transducer goes into your vagina. This might be uncomfortable if you tense up, so try to relax. When your provider has all the information they need, they wipe the gel off your skin, and you’re free to go. Your OB/GYN will discuss the findings with you afterward.
Ultrasound is the safest form of diagnostic imaging for you and your baby. To find out more, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.