Sonograms

Columbia Fertility Associates -  - Fertility Specialist

Columbia Fertility Associates

Fertility Specialists & OB/GYNs located in Washington, DC, Bethesda, MD & Arlington, VA

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.

Sonograms Q & A

What is the Difference Between a Sonogram and Ultrasound?

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.

When Would I Need An Ultrasound?

The team at Columbia Fertility Associates may recommend an ultrasound for various gynecologic or obstetric reasons, including:

  • Monitor your developing baby throughout pregnancy
  • Evaluate the health of your pelvic organs during pregnancy
  • Diagnose the cause of gynecological symptoms such as pelvic pain and abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Examine the structure of your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus
  • Check for abnormal growths such as ovarian cysts or tumors
  • Diagnose gynecological conditions such as endometriosis
  • Monitor conditions such as fibroids


An ultrasound is a painless procedure that helps your provider at Columbia Fertility Associates to better understand how to treat your unique condition.

How Does an Ultrasound Work?

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.

What Should I Expect From An Ultrasound?

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.