An ultrasound is one of the most common diagnostic tests your OB/GYN performs. If you require an ultrasound for screening purposes or to manage your growing baby’s health, contact the expert women’s health providers at Contemporary Women's Care in Plano, Texas. Use the online scheduler to book your exam or call the office to speak with a team member directly.
An ultrasound is very different from an X-ray. While both are common imaging tests, an X-ray uses radiation to capture images of your internal structures and doesn’t show as much detail of your internal organs and connective tissues.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your pelvic cavity and abdomen. Because no radiation is used, an ultrasound is perfectly safe to have throughout every stage of your pregnancy.
Contemporary Women's Care regularly provides high-definition and 3D ultrasounds for diagnostic purposes. Your OB/GYN may request an ultrasound to diagnose or rule out:
An ultrasound is also a critical tool used for monitoring your baby’s development during pregnancy. Ultrasounds are even used to determine the sex of your baby.
Contemporary Women's Care provides both abdominal and transvaginal ultrasounds. During an abdominal ultrasound, your technician squeezes a warm gel onto your lower abdomen. This substance helps the system gather clearer, more detailed images.
They glide the transducer device over your abdomen and move it into various positions to capture pictures, videos, and sounds. This is the most common type of ultrasound used during pregnancy.
If you need a transvaginal ultrasound — sometimes your OB/GYN requests both types — your technician places a wand-like probe into your vagina. This tool collects detailed images of your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
If you have an upcoming ultrasound scheduled at Contemporary Women's Care, the team lets you know if you need to make any special preparations. In most cases, the only thing you need to do is come to your appointment with a full bladder. Typically, this is only necessary for certain abdominal ultrasounds.
You won’t have any downtime after your ultrasound and can return to your normal activities. In some cases, your OB/GYN may talk with you about your results on the spot, but they may need to schedule you for a follow-up visit if you have a more complex condition.
If you need an ultrasound, contact Contemporary Women's Care to schedule an appointment. Request your visit online or call the office to book over the phone today.