Obstetric Ultrasound

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Our Sonographers are Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, who have taken and passed a National Registry Exam and must acquire continuing education every year as required by the National Organization American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

 


WHAT IS AN OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND?

Obstetric Ultrasound is the use of ultrasound scans in pregnancy. Obstetrical ultrasound provides pictures of an embryo or fetus within a woman’s uterus, as well as the mother’s uterus and ovaries.

Repetitive arrays of ultrasound beams scan the fetus in thin slices and are reflected back onto the same transducer. These signature waves are instantly displayed on computer as a real-time picture. Still frames of the moving picture are “frozen” to capture a series of images for interpretation later by one of our Radiologic Physicians.

A transducer is placed in contact with the maternal abdomen, and moved to “look at” (likened to a light shined from a torch) any particular content of the uterus. Sometimes the Radiologic Physician determines that a Transvaginal scan needs to be performed. This technique often provides improved, more detailed images of the uterus and ovaries. This method of scanning is especially useful in early pregnancy.

 


WHAT IS OBSTETRIC TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND?

Transvaginal ultrasound is a test used to look at a woman’s reproductive organs, including the uterus, ovaries, and cervix. The handheld device that produces the ultrasound waves is inserted directly into the vagina, close to the pelvic structures, thus producing a clearer and less distorted image than transabdominal ultrasound technology.

  • This Ultrasound if generally performed with bladder empty.
  • Performed with specially designed Ultrasound Probe (Endovaginal Transducer) placed in the vagina by Sonographer (like a Tampon)

 

NOTE

This Procedure is considered safe with no harmful side effects to the mother or baby.

 


REASONS FOR OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND

  • Establish age of fetus
  • Establish a living embryo/fetus
  • Determine if there multiple fetuses
  • Evaluate position of fetus
  • Evaluate position of placenta
  • Diagnose Congenital Abnormalities (Ultrasound cannot identify all Fetal Abnormalities)
  • View mother’s ovaries, uterus and cervix

 


HOW TO PREPARE FOR PROCEDURE

  • Wear loose fitting two-piece outfit for your exam
  • Only lower abdominal area is exposed during procedure
  • Vaginal Ultrasounds require wearing a hospital gown

UP TO 12 WEEKS

  • The Exam will be performed vaginally
  • No preparation is needed
  • The bladder should be emptied

13 TO 15 WEEKS

  • Full bladder required
  • Drink 48-64 ounces of non-carbonated fluid 1-hour prior to your appointment
  • Do NOT empty your bladder until your Procedure is completed

NOTE

At this stage, the fetus is still very small. It is too early to visualize the internal organs, so you are limited as to what can be seen.

15 TO 40 WEEKS

  • Some fluid in your bladder is required
  • Bladder should feel “somewhat full” – not painfully full
  • Drink approximately 24-32 ounces of non-carbonated fluid
  • Do not urinate until Procedure is completed

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING PROCEDURE

Sonographer will apply warm water-soluble gel over your lower abdomen. Gel allows better transmission of the sound waves by making it easier to move Transducer over abdomen.

The procedure is performed while patient has optimally filled bladder. Ultrasound beam does not travel well through gas in the intestine. A full bladder moves bowel out of the way.

 


COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

This is a painless procedure. Some patients experience small degree of discomfort due to pressure of Transducer moving closer to embryo or fetus for better visibility.

 


WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

When your Procedure is over, you may be asked to remain on the examining table for a few minutes while the Sonographer reviews the ultrasound pictures for clarity. Occasionally more images are needed. Because the images still need to be interpreted by one of our Physicians, you will not receive the test results from the Sonographer.

 


WHO INTERPRETS THE RESULTS AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE RESULTS OF MY TEST?

One of our Radiologic Physicians will forward your results to your referring Physician along with follow-up recommendations. Your Physician should contact you with the results.

 


WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?

Radiology Consultants will file all insurance as a courtesy to you. Depending on the Contractual Agreement with your Insurance Company, you may owe a co-payment and/or deductible at the time of service.

* Please bring your Insurance Card with you *

Please visit our BILLING PAGE for specific information on Insurance, Self-Pay, Motor Vehicle Accident, Cash, Debit or Major Credit Card payment options.

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Important…

Please notify the Radiologic Physician and/or Technologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant. Radiation is potentially harmful to a developing baby during pregnancy.

 

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