Orange County OBGYN
OBGYN Specialists located in Newport Beach, CA and Orange County, CA
Obstetric and gynecologic ultrasounds are one of the leading, non-invasive diagnostic tests in the field of women’s health. Affiliated with Hoag Hospital, the team at Orange County OBGYN in Newport Beach, California, offers in-office obstetric and gynecologic ultrasounds for patients’ convenience. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online.
Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound Q & A
What is an obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound?
An obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound is a test that creates an image of the organs inside your body for your doctor to examine. An ultrasound is a risk-free, painless, and non-invasive procedure that provides important visual information about your organs, including:
- Fallopian tubes
Your provider lets you know what type of ultrasound you need.
How does ultrasound work?
Ultrasound uses an instrument called a transducer to send sound waves through your body. The waves are impossible for you to hear, but they bounce off your organs like an echo. The waves return to the transducer on top of your skin and create an image on a computer screen.
Your provider examines these images to diagnose medical conditions or monitor the development of your baby if you’re pregnant.
Why would I get an obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound?
An ultrasound is extremely useful for a wide range of obstetric and gynecological issues. Doctors use pelvic ultrasounds for many reasons, including:
- Monitor your baby’s growth and overall health of your pregnancy
- Look for signs of cancer or noncancerous growths, such as uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts
- Discover the cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding or chronic pelvic pain
- Find a lost intrauterine device (IUD)
- Evaluate fertility problems
What should I expect during an ultrasound?
Depending on the type of procedure, your provider may ask you to prepare for your ultrasound by drinking 24 ounces of water or clear fluid at least one hour before your appointment.
You lie on the exam table while your provider applies gel to your abdomen. Then, they gently press the transducer against your skin and move it around over the appropriate area.
They examine the images of your internal organs on a computer screen and record the information for your medical records. Some ultrasounds are performed with a transducer placed in the vagina to obtain more detailed and clear images of pelvic organs.
After the procedure, you should be able to resume your normal routine immediately after your appointment.
If you’re looking for a caring OB/GYN who offers in-office ultrasounds, call Orange County OBGYN or book an appointment online today.