Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. These images are diagnostic and can provide valuable information. Ultrasound has been widely used for over 35 years and is considered to be very safe.

Obstetric Ultrasounds

The Seven Hills Women’s Health Centers’ ultrasound rooms are equipped with state of the art Phillips ultrasound equipment and a 21” LCD Mother/Family viewing monitor so you can watch as the test is being performed and share in the experience of seeing your baby grow. Our sonographers are highly trained and skilled with many years of experience.

Early obstetric ultrasounds are usually done transvaginally, prior to 10-12 weeks gestational age.

For normal pregnancies, two ultrasounds are usually performed at these times:

Ultrasound Type Gestational Age Description
Early Pregnancy and Dating 8 to 10 weeks The first early ultrasound provides important information regarding the number of fetuses and confirms the expected date of delivery. The presence of a pregnancy and detection of the fetal heart can usually be seen from 6 weeks gestation age.
Fetal Anatomy Scan 20 to 22 weeks Between 20-22 weeks the anatomy of your baby is imaged in detail so that any information about the many body systems, such as the urinary tract, digestive tract, heart and major blood vessels, brain and others, can be imaged and interpreted. During this ultrasound the sex of the baby can usually, but not always, be seen.

Gynecologic Ultrasounds

Gynecologic ultrasounds are useful in diagnosing patients who may have abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, or ovarian cysts and are used for IUD insertion follow-up and ovulation studies for infertility and fibroids. Gynecologic ultrasounds are generally performed transvaginally; therefore, a full bladder is usually not required. Occasionally a physician may order an abdominal ultrasound of the pelvis, which would require a full bladder.

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