Women’s Physicians and Surgeons offers our patients the latest in ultrasound technology in the comfort of our offices. Our all-digital 3-D and 4-D ultrasound machines allow us to produce photos and 3-D video images of your unborn baby. Imagine seeing your baby sucking his thumb or watching her yawn! This technology also greatly enhances our ability to diagnose a variety of obstetric and gynecologic conditions.
Women’s Physicians and Surgeons has achieved the rigorous accreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in OB/GYN Ultrasound. Despite participation being voluntary, we choose to meet the high standards of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) to fulfill our commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to our patients. Learn about AIUM accreditation
In early pregnancy, ultrasound or sonography, is also used to determine the gestational age, weight, and size of the embryo. The heartbeat may be seen as early as 6 weeks, and is usually visible by 7 weeks. At 13 weeks, first trimester genetic screening for Down’s Syndrome is offered. At 20 weeks of gestation, a comprehensive ultrasound is offered to assess a number of factors at this stage of pregnancy, to include:
- Detailed assessment of the fetus
- Detect developmental defects before birth
- The position of the placenta
- Amniotic fluid volume
Ultrasound plays a significant role in diagnosing and treating many gynecologic conditions and diseases. We may request an ultrasound if you are experiencing the following:
- Cramping or painful periods
- Abnormal bleeding such as post-menopausal bleeding, heavy periods, or spotting between periods
- Pain during intercourse
- Lower back pain
Quality images add important clinical information for a number of common gynecologic problems, such as adnexal masses, pelvic pain and infertility. Ultrasound can also detect an ovarian mass before a patient experiences any symptoms
During a sonohysterogram, you will first have a transvaginal ultrasound. A catheter (small tube) will then be inserted through the cervix, and a saline solution (salt water) will be injected through the catheter. The saline solution fills the uterus so abnormal findings such as polyps can be seen inside the cavity of the uterus. Typical exams are painfree.
How to prepare
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Most likely the test needs to be done with a full bladder. For transvaginal ultrasound or those in late pregnancy, a full bladder usually isn't necessary.
What to expect
The examination usually takes less than 20 minutes.
The patient is usually positioned on an examination table and clear gel is applied to the abdomen. This improves conduction of sound waves and eliminates air between the transducer, a small plastic device that sends out sound waves and records them as they bounce back, and your skin.
The transducer moves back and forth over the abdomen, directing sound waves into the uterus and capturing the reflected sounds waves that are digitally converted into images.
What Gets "Accredited" in "Accreditation"?
The word has a nice ring to it -- "accreditation." But what does it actually mean? And what does a health care facility need to do to achieve accreditation, especially by an organization like the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)?
Why Should Accreditation Matter to You?
If your doctor’s practice or your hospital’s ultrasound, radiology, or ob-gyn department has achieved AIUM accreditation, it means that a significant milestone in patient care has been reached.
Download this document to learn more about the accredidation certification process.