An ultrasound is the safest way to view your internal organs when diagnosing a medical condition or reviewing your reproductive health. The highly experienced team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, uses the most technologically advanced forms of ultrasound to create the optimal treatment plan for you. To schedule an ultrasound, contact the office by phone or online today.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a technology that Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness uses to see your internal organs and tissues in greater detail.
Ultrasound technology makes use of soundwaves that are so high-pitched humans can't hear them. These high-frequency soundwaves bounce back when they hit the organs in your body, creating an echo.
The computer linked to the ultrasound device translates these echoes and uses them to build a real-time, moving image. You can see these images on a monitor in the exam room.
Ultrasounds are the safest diagnostic technology. They don't use the ionizing radiation found in X-rays and CT scans, and there are no known adverse effects from having an ultrasound scan.
How is ultrasound used in gynecology?
Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness uses ultrasound technology to help diagnose conditions that cause gynecological symptoms. That could be any disorder affecting your uterus, cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.
Ultrasound is also invaluable for viewing other pelvic organs and soft tissues, like your urinary tract. An ultrasound can help diagnose conditions such as:
If you're undergoing a fertility check, your provider can use ultrasound to confirm when you're ovulating and assess the size of your follicles.
The Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness team also uses ultrasound in other procedures. For example, ultrasound guidance helps with positioning and locating contraceptive intrauterine devices (IUDs).
What happens at an ultrasound scan?
A transabdominal ultrasound is entirely non-invasive, so you won't need any anesthetic. Your provider might ask you to attend with a full bladder, as this can help produce better images.
Ultrasound scans are a straightforward outpatient procedure. You lie on your back on a comfortable exam table and uncover your abdomen. Your provider passes a transducer across your skin to create the images.
The transducer is a handpiece that transmits soundwaves into your body. It also receives the echoing soundwaves and relays them to the computer system. Your provider applies a slippery gel to your skin that helps the transducer glide across and improves the image quality.
You shouldn't feel any pain from the transducer, but you might feel some pressure if your provider needs to press down at any time to get more detail. If they press on a painful area, you might feel uncomfortable for a moment.
What is a transvaginal ultrasound?
In some cases, the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness might need to do a transvaginal ultrasound. In this procedure, your provider inserts a slim probe into your vagina rather than passing a transducer over your abdomen.
To schedule an ultrasound, call Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness or book online today.