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Boro Park OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Brooklyn, NY

An ultrasound is an effective diagnostic tool for diagnosing several gynecological conditions. At Boro Park OB/GYN in Brooklyn, New York, in-office ultrasound technology is available to diagnose conditions like fibroids and endometriosis. Ultrasounds are also part of your obstetrics care plan to ensure the health of your baby. To learn more about the benefits of ultrasound technology, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly.

Ultrasound Q&A

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound technology utilizes sound waves to provide your doctor with anatomy scans of your pelvic region, including your cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and vagina.

The ultrasound waves move through your body, bouncing off your organs, and returning a visual image to an external monitor your doctor views during an ultrasound procedure.

Why do I need an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are safe and effective at diagnosing several gynecological conditions, including:

  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic pain
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

Ultrasounds are also useful in obstetrics for monitoring the development of the fetus throughout pregnancy, even allowing your doctor to determine the gender of the fetus.

What happens during an ultrasound?

There are two types of ultrasound procedures your doctor may use for diagnostic purposes or during when monitoring fetal growth. These methods include:

Transabdominal ultrasound

Your doctor applies a conductive gel over your abdomen then places a handheld ultrasound device over the gel to obtain images of your internal organs. Throughout the procedure, the doctor moves the device around and may need to push into your abdomen to access certain organs.

This ultrasound method is non-invasive and painless. Your doctor will advise you to have a full bladder for your appointment to achieve better imaging results.

Transvaginal ultrasound

During this procedure, your doctor inserts a long, slim tube with an attached camera into your vagina. Conductive gel and a protective cover go on the tube, and images get transmitted to an external monitor for your doctor to view.

Depending on the reason for your ultrasound, your doctor may request one method of ultrasound or may need to use both methods for a more accurate diagnosis.

Are there any ultrasound risks?

Typically, ultrasounds are safe and contain no radiation. However, only qualified medical personnel should perform any gynecological or obstetric ultrasound to ensure your safety and the health of your child if you’re pregnant.

Transabdominal ultrasounds aren’t painful, though you may experience some discomfort during the procedure because of your full bladder.

During a transvaginal ultrasound, you may experience some slight discomfort during the device insertion process.