An ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, is one of the simplest and most effective tools your expert Garden OB/GYN provider in Queens, NY uses for diagnostic purposes, as well as to monitor your progress during pregnancy.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images of your internal organs and connective tissues. What’s unique about an ultrasound is that it provides a live-feed, meaning your doctor can watch movements and listen to sounds, which is especially helpful during pregnancy.
Most ultrasounds performed at Garden OB/GYN are transabdominal ultrasounds, meaning over your abdomen. This simple imaging test involves applying a warm clear gel to your lower belly and gliding a handheld transducer device over your skin. If you need a transvaginal ultrasound, which is performed alone or in conjunction with a transabdominal ultrasound, the ultrasound is performed internally. Your technician inserts a transducer probe into your vagina and rotates it to capture images of your pelvic organs. It’s normal to feel some pressure during a transvaginal ultrasound.
While the transabdominal ultrasound isn’t painful, you might have some discomfort because you need to have a full bladder, which isn’t needed for the transvaginal ultrasound. Drinking plenty of water before your ultrasound at Garden OB/GYN pushes up your pelvic organs and growing fetus for clearer images. To prepare for a transabdominal ultrasound, the Garden OB/GYN team generally recommends drinking at least six glasses of water about an hour or two before your exam. If you’re having a transvaginal exam, you just need to make sure you remove your tampon (if applicable) before getting started. After your ultrasound at Garden OB/GYN in Queens, NY is complete, you might be asked to sit and wait for your doctor to review your images to ensure they have all of the information they need. Your entire ultrasound appointment takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes.