Ultrasound is one of the many tools your physician may use to evaluate your gynecologic and obstetric health. During an ultrasound exam sound waves are passed into the body from the transducer held by the technician. These sound waves are reflected back to the ultrasound machine in varying degrees depending on the type of tissue.
These reflected sound waves or echoes are then converted into images which are interpreted by our physicians. This process of bouncing waves back and forth is very fast so that during a typical 15 minute exam, exposure to sound waves is for a total of about 1 second. Ultrasounds are very safe exams and are used in obstetrics to monitor the fetus during pregnancy. In gynecology, ultrasounds can detect certain conditions like ovarian cysts and fibroids.
While ultrasound can assist in making a diagnosis, other exams like CT and MRI scans may need to be done outside of the clinic in order to make a final diagnosis. One thing to remember is that an ultrasound is NOT a treatment and your physician will determine if an ultrasound needs to be repeated.
Our practice is one of the few to have been awarded accreditation by American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM). When needed we may request additional ultrasound or radiologic testing with other specialists such as perinatologists and radiologists.
Here is how to prepare for your Ultrasound:
- Please come to the office with a full bladder. If this is not possible please inform one of our staff members and they will be happy to provide you with water.
- Family and friends are welcome to attend the ultrasound exam. Please limit to 3 people.
- If you are bringing small children please make sure another adult is present to attend to the children.
- If you are in pain please let our technician know the area of the pain.
Please note that our technician is skilled and friendly however, she is not able to interpret or discuss the findings of the ultrasound. Your physician or RN will discuss the results with you once they have been reviewed.
Obstetrical patients may indicate to our technician their desire to know or not know the gender of their baby. If she is able to see the gender, she will be happy to reveal the gender with you or provide you with a sealed envelope for private viewing.
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Kim Ruben, RDMS
Kim has been apart of Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists since 2011. She graduated from The Medical Institute of Minnesota in 2002, and is currently registered in OB/GYN ultrasound.