Ultrasound is a type of imaging test that uses sound wave technology to create pictures of your internal organs. It’s one of the safest imaging tests, which is why it’s used during pregnancy. At OB/GYN Associates of Conroe in Conroe, Texas, Richard Roberts, MD, performs ultrasound testing for obstetrics care and gynecologic services. To find out more about ultrasound testing, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
An ultrasound is a diagnostic test that uses high-intensity sound waves to create images of the inside parts of your body. Health providers use ultrasound testing to evaluate organs, diagnose health conditions, and provide imaging during procedures.
At OB/GYN Associates of Conroe, Dr. Roberts uses ultrasound testing for obstetrics care and gynecologic services. During an ultrasound test, the technician uses a transducer that sends sound waves into the body. The sound waves bounce off the body parts and return to the transducer.
The transducer then sends the sound waves to a computer that translates the information into moving images.
There are many types of ultrasound tests. At OB/GYN Associates of Conroe, ultrasound testing includes:
During a transabdominal ultrasound, the technician places the transducer on your abdomen to get images of your reproductive organs or baby.
With transvaginal ultrasound testing, the technician uses a special transducer they place in your vagina. A transvaginal ultrasound may provide better images of your reproductive organs than a transabdominal ultrasound.
Ultrasound testing is a routine part of obstetrics care. However, the 3D obstetric ultrasound is a nonmedical imaging test that provides detailed images of your baby in the womb. OB/GYN Associates of Conroe offers 3D ultrasounds.
Dr. Roberts determines when you need ultrasound testing. For gynecologic services, he may recommend testing to find the underlying cause of your pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding or look for gynecologic conditions, such as ovarian cysts or uterine tumors.
He may also perform ultrasound testing during your infertility evaluation to look for structural abnormalities that might explain your difficulty conceiving.
You also need ultrasound testing during obstetrics care. Dr. Roberts may perform an ultrasound test at your first prenatal visit to confirm pregnancy and evaluate your uterus. He performs a second ultrasound between weeks 18 and 22 of your pregnancy to look at the anatomy of your baby and determine the sex.
The 3D obstetric ultrasound is an elective imaging test. Dr. Roberts may suggest you have this special ultrasound during weeks 22-34 of your pregnancy.
Ultrasound testing is a valuable diagnostic tool in obstetrics and gynecology care. To find out more about ultrasound testing at OB/GYN Associates of Conroe, call or book an appointment online today.