What is Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a method of obtaining diagnostic images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. Utrasonography is used as a diagnostic tool that can assist doctors with making recommendations for further treatment.
What are some common uses of Ultrasound
- Viewing an unborn fetus.
- Viewing pelvic organs for gynecologic conditions.
How should I prepare for an Ultrasound?
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
What should I expect during this exam?
The examination usually takes less than 30 minutes. After being positioned on the exam table, a clear gel is applied in the area being examined. This helps the transducer make contact with the skin. The sonographer firmly presses the transducer against the skin and moves it back and forth to image the area of interest.
Depending on the type of exam that is given, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician to view the images once they are ready.
What will I experience during the procedure?
Most ultrasound exams are painless. The gel applied to your skin may be a bit cold and there may be varying degrees of discomfort and pressure as the technologist guides the transducer over your abdomen, especially if you are required to have a full bladder.
Ultrasounds in Ventura, CA
The team at Ventura County Obstetric & Gynecologic Medical Group provides ultrasounds for a variety of reasons, from prenatal care to diagnosing gynecological conditions. For more information, please call our office today at (805) 643-8695.