An ultrasound is an imaging method using sound waves to produce a sonogram, or image, of a woman’s internal structures such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and bladder. It is also commonly used to track fetal growth, development, and monitor a baby’s health during pregnancy. A gynecology ultrasound is performed like other common ultrasounds. A technician or doctor will place gel on your belly and move the transducer over your baby. These are known as transabdominal ultrasounds. Transvaginal ultrasounds show the pelvic structures through an internal probe inserted through the vagina. If you are interested in our ultrasound services in Cleveland, schedule an appointment with a gynecologist in one of our offices in Beachwood, Westlake, or Middlefield.
When to Get an Ultrasound in Cleveland
Ultrasounds are non-invasive imaging of a woman’s internal structures in three dimensions. A 3D ultrasound can be used to help diagnose the cause of pelvic pain, severe menstrual bleeding, detect ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids, evaluate a woman for gynecologic cancers, and monitor a pregnancy. A 3D ultrasound creates an image of pelvic structures and pregnancy in three dimensions. 4D ultrasounds show your baby in 3D, with time as the fourth dimension.
Getting an Ultrasound During Pregnancy
Pregnant women typically have a minimum of two sonograms during pregnancy, one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester. The first trimester is typically performed between 6 weeks and 9 weeks to confirm an estimated due date, fetal heartbeat, and the number of fetuses, and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. The second trimester is usually performed between 18- and 22-weeks of gestation. This is to monitor your baby’s development, measure the size of the baby, and tell you your baby’s sex if you don’t want a surprise. Ultrasounds services will be performed more frequently during high-risk pregnancies in Cleveland.