The ultrasound technician will ask you to lie down. They will apply gel to the skin in the area that’s being examined and then move a transducer over, to generate images of your internal organs. A transducer is a small device that funnels sound waves to a machine, which then generates images. It is a painless procedure.
Yes, getting an ultrasound is safe for the patient as well as for the fetus, if getting an ultrasound during pregnancy. Ultrasounds use sound waves and not radiation, such as with X-rays, to generate images of the fetus.
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You don’t need a referral for a 4D/5D ultrasound. You don’t need a doctor’s referral for a cavitation for fat and face. You may or may not need a doctor’s referral for general ultrasounds. Please consult your physician or give us a call for more information.
An ultrasound can reveal tumors that may be cancerous. This is because the sound wave echo is different for fluid-filled cysts in comparison to solid masses. However, an ultrasound alone cannot confirm the diagnosis of cancerous tumors. Further testing must be conducted, which can be set up by notifying the patient’s general practitioner.
No. The technician who conducts the ultrasound test cannot tell you the results. A radiologist will analyze the images and will then report the findings to your physician. Your physician will then notify you of the results.
Most ultrasound examinations are used only to aid in determining the likelihood of whether you or your baby have a condition; most cannot diagnose whether you or your baby have a certain condition.
- Ultrasound examinations usually cost much less than other imaging tests.
- Another advantage over X-rays is that ultrasounds can detect certain areas of the body that don’t show up as well in X-ray imaging.
- A typical ultrasound is quick and easy, and most ultrasound examinations don’t require any special preparation.
A sonogram is the image generated by the ultrasound. Sonography is the use of the ultrasound for diagnostic purposes.
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FAQ - Ultrasounds During Pregnancy
In general, most women receive two ultrasound scans during pregnancy. The first is usually in the first trimester, to confirm the due date and to detect the fetal heartbeat. The second is at 18-22 weeks to confirm anatomy and the sex of the baby. Additional ultrasound sessions may be needed for complications, preconditions, and additional diagnostic tests.
If you need an ultrasound in early pregnancy, it may be necessary to use a transvaginal probe, a small wand-shaped device placed in the vagina. A transvaginal probe allows your technician to view your uterus through the cervix. This procedure doesn’t hurt, but it may cause slight discomfort.
The second type of ultrasound in pregnancy is a transabdominal ultrasound. After the first few weeks of pregnancy, the technician will use a transducer, sliding it over your belly after applying gel, to transmit sound waves that create a picture of your baby inside.
Yes, getting an ultrasound is safe for both the baby and the mother. Pregnancy ultrasounds use sound waves and not radiation, such as with X-rays, to generate images of the fetus.
Ultrasounds aid in evaluating a baby’s growth and development, by detecting for abnormalities and sound imaging of the baby’s anatomy.
Generally, women who are less than 14 weeks pregnant will be asked to come with a full bladder. Sound waves travel better through liquid, which is why a full bladder can improve the quality of the ultrasound during early pregnancy.
Make sure to wear a two-piece clothing, for easy access to your tummy.