Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology
OBGYNs & Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Boca Raton, FL
Ultrasound serves multiple purposes for ensuring reproductive health, which is why Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology has their own ultrasound equipment on-site in their South Florida office. Highly skilled OB/GYN Richard Conlen, MD, may use transabdominal ultrasound to check your baby’s health during obstetrics visits, and he can also gather essential information about menstrual disorders and other issues from transvaginal ultrasounds. Book your appointment by calling the Boca Raton office or using the provided scheduling link.
Ultrasound Q & A
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging test that produces pictures of internal structures using sound waves. Ultrasounds produce live images of your female organs, including your uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic organs. This produces a close and detailed look at otherwise hidden areas.
When would I need an ultrasound?
Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology uses ultrasounds for two main reasons.
Ultrasound can be used to monitor your baby's growth and development, check for abnormalities, observe fetal activity, and more. You'll typically have at least one transabdominal ultrasound during a healthy pregnancy, and at least a few in a high-risk pregnancy.
Sometimes, you might need a transvaginal ultrasound during your pregnancy instead, particularly in early pregnancy.
Diagnosing gynecological problems
If you're having problems like pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, very long periods, erratic periods, or other gynecological issues, a transvaginal ultrasound can help with diagnosis.
Your doctor may use a transvaginal ultrasound to diagnose fibroid tumors or other abnormalities in your uterus or other organs. A transvaginal ultrasound can help to explain the cause of problems like bleeding after menopause, infertility, or recurrent miscarriages as well.
How does an ultrasound work?
Your ultrasound provider applies a clear gel to your skin (for transabdominal ultrasound) or to a vaginal probe (for transvaginal ultrasounds). This gel helps the ultrasound device, the transducer, glide smoothly while facilitating sound wave conduction.
As your provider moves the transducer, it emits sound waves. You don't hear any noise because it's such a high pitch. Those sound waves essentially reach your organs and then bounce back to the transducer, which captures the waves and transforms them into an image.
Are there any risks associated with ultrasound?
Ultrasounds have no known risks to women, pregnant or not, or developing fetuses. They are generally considered to be comfortable, sometimes producing mild pressure, but never pain. Ultrasounds don’t use radiation or X-rays to produce images.
Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive reproductive health care from adolescence onward. Reach out to providers you can trust by calling the office or clicking the online appointment maker now.