An ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that allows your doctor to see inside your uterus. At Midwest Women Obstetrician/Gynecologist Ltd in Downers Grove, Illinois, the expert gynecologists use ultrasounds to diagnose a wide range of women’s health conditions, such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, and ectopic pregnancies. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about ultrasounds.
An ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to see inside your internal structures. In gynecology, the providers at Midwest Women OB/GYN Ltd often use ultrasounds to view your reproductive organs, including your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
An ultrasound uses a transducer to send sound waves into the body. The reflection of the waves on the body’s internal structures bounces back to produce an image on an outside monitor. An ultrasound can show the movement inside the body and capture blood flow.
There are several types of ultrasounds, but the most common are:
An abdominal ultrasound gives your doctor a view of the organs in your abdomen, including your gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, and bladder.
If you’re pregnant, a pelvic ultrasound can track and monitor your baby’s growth and development. A pelvic ultrasound can also show uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and certain types of reproductive cancers.
A transvaginal ultrasound is similar to a pelvic ultrasound, but the team inserts the transducer into your vagina to get a clear image of your internal structures.
An ultrasound is a fast, painless test that typically takes only a few minutes to perform. The team applies a special gel to the transducer and gently runs it over your abdomen or pelvis. For transvaginal ultrasounds, they insert the transducer into the vagina.
Most ultrasounds require no preparation, but you may need a full bladder for a transvaginal ultrasound.
The team at Midwest Women OB/GYN Ltd may recommend an ultrasound if you have:
Pelvic pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain in your pelvic region. This type of pain can indicate menstruation, uterine fibroids, or ovarian cysts.
If you experience heavy bleeding or spotting between periods, an ultrasound can help the team identify the cause.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries. While many women experience ovarian cysts, they can cause pelvic pain and discomfort.
A fibroid is a noncancerous tumor that forms in the uterus. Most fibroids cause no symptoms but can become uncomfortable as they grow.
Call Midwest Women OB/GYN Ltd today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about ultrasounds.