Ultrasound

Ultrasound combines high-frequency sound waves with computer imaging to allow us to painlessly view internal organs and structures. Much like radar, sound waves, transmitted at high frequency, bounce off internal structures to generate the computer image.  

In our practice, ultrasound is used to view internal organs including the uterus, ovaries, kidneys, and bladder and to scan for cysts and tumors. It is also used for guidance during biopsies.

The procedure is painless, but because you will be required to drink several glasses of water before the procedure a full bladder may be uncomfortable.

For pregnant women, ultrasound is used to verify that the pregnancy and the fetus are progressing normally. Targeted ultrasound in used to examine the fetus' head, chest, stomach, bones, heart, blood flow and more. Ultrasound is also used for guidance in prenatal diagnostic procedures like chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis.  

Advanced ultrasound can be used to estimate due dates, diagnose the existence of twins, and screen for placental and fetal abnormalities like congenital heart disease, spina bifida, limb or kidney disorders, and brain and bowel anomalies.