Ultrasounds Q & A
An ultrasound is a sonar for the body. The medical device uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures from outside the body. Anything from the heart, blood vessels, liver, or pelvis can be examined with an ultrasound.
There are 3 types of ultrasounds: transabdominal, transrectal, and transvaginal. A transabdominal ultrasound uses a small device to examine the uterine wall and look for fibroids. A transrectal ultrasound uses a device shaped to the rectum to examine localized complications or irregularities. A transvaginal ultrasound uses a device shaped to the vagina to search for complications concerning fertility or pregnancy.
Ultrasounds are an effective method of viewing the uterus, ovaries, and fetus during pregnancy to check for complications with minimal intrusion. They can also be used in methods of diagnosis for gallbladder disease, evaluating blood flow, examining breast lumps, checking for cancer as well as genital and prostate abnormalities. The practice goes the extra mile with ultrasounds, offering 3D and 4D models with digital pictures of each result sent via texts.
An ultrasound is an extremely safe procedure that uses low-power sound waves to create an image. There are no known risks to using ultrasounds on the human body.
Ultrasounds are easy to prepare for with little to no preparation required. Some specific examinations may require not eating or drinking for up to 6 hours prior to the exam. Pelvic ultrasounds may require a full bladder to result in clear images. Your doctor may ask that you drink a large amount of water before the exam and avoid urinating until the exam is complete. Dr. Lingenfelter can tell you with everything you want to know about having an ultrasound.