Regardless of whether you’re pregnant or not, sonograms provide valuable information about the condition of your pelvic organs. The expert OB/GYN team at Columbia Fertility Associates produce high-quality sonograms with advanced ultrasound techniques at their locations in Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Maryland; and Arlington, Virginia. To schedule your ultrasound, call or book an appointment online today.
In obstetrics and gynecology, the terms sonogram and ultrasound are often used interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same thing.
A sonogram is an image that an ultrasound produces when sound waves bounce off the tissues of your pelvic area. Just as a camera takes a photo, an ultrasound takes a sonogram. If you’ve seen a picture of a developing baby in utero, that’s a sonogram that resulted from an ultrasound imaging procedure.
The team at Columbia Fertility Associates may recommend an ultrasound for various gynecologic or obstetric reasons, including:
An ultrasound is a painless procedure that helps your provider at Columbia Fertility Associates to better understand how to treat your unique condition.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging test that uses sound waves to create a detailed picture or video of the inside of your body. The sound waves travel through your skin from an instrument called a transducer and echo off of your organs and soft tissues.
Information from the sound waves creates an image (sonogram) that your provider at Columbia Fertility Associates can view on a computer screen. Ultrasounds can produce both videos and still images that may be saved for future reference.
Unlike an X-ray or CT scan, ultrasounds don’t involve radiation, so they’re safe during pregnancy.
The team at Columbia Fertility Associates performs different types of ultrasounds for various reasons. Depending on your condition, that may recommend a transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound.
During a transabdominal ultrasound, your caring provider applies gel to your abdomen and moves the transducer over your gel-covered skin. A transvaginal ultrasound involves inserting a long, thin transducer inside your vagina.
No matter which type of ultrasound you need, you can expect a safe, quick, and painless procedure.
For more information about ultrasounds, call Columbia Fertility Associates or book an appointment online today.