Ultrasounds are used as a gynecologic and obstetric screening and diagnostic tool that allows doctors to view a woman’s reproductive organs or an expectant mother’s developing baby. The doctors at CU South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology perform both gynecologic and obstetric ultrasounds in Englewood, CO. Following are the answers to some frequently asked questions about ultrasounds.
What Happens During an Ultrasound?
During a standard ultrasound, a special gel is applied to the skin in the area to be examined. A wand-like tool called a transducer is then gently waved over the skin. The transducer utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs or a developing baby. The sound waves travel through the body, bouncing off organs and tissues within the body. The movement of the bouncing sound waves is translated by a computer into images on a screen.
Does an Ultrasound Hurt?
The doctors and medical professionals at CU South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology take steps to ensure patients are comfortable during their ultrasound exams. Most patients find ultrasound exams to be free of any pain or discomfort. The special gel that is used during an ultrasound tends to feel cool against the skin at first, which is usually the only mildly uncomfortable aspect of an ultrasound in Englewood, CO.
What are Gynecologic Ultrasounds?
Gynecologic ultrasounds are also referred to as pelvic ultrasounds. They allow doctors to examine a woman’s reproductive organs non-invasively in order to screen for potential abnormalities, such as uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts. Gynecologic, or pelvic, ultrasounds are performed either through the abdomen or trans-vaginally.
What are Obstetric Ultrasounds?
Obstetric ultrasounds are also referred to as prenatal ultrasounds and are used to produce images of the developing baby. The images can be used by doctors to confirm pregnancy, determine a due date, track the baby’s development, identify potential concerns, and even reveal the sex of the baby. Prenatal ultrasounds are typically performed during the eight, twelfth, and twentieth weeks of pregnancy.
What are 3D and 4D Ultrasounds?
Standard ultrasound images are two dimensional. Advances in ultrasound technology have made it possible to now capture three or four dimensional ultrasound images and video, known as 3D and 4D respectively. Three dimensional images are captured with 3D ultrasounds, while live video is possible with 4D ultrasounds.
For pelvic or prenatal ultrasounds in Englewood, contact CU South Metro Obstetrics and Gynecology by calling (303) 788-7888.