Providence OB/GYN Provides In-Office Ultrasound Services
At Novant Health Providence Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), our board-certified physicians provide in-office ultrasound services, with special insight into the subtleties of female anatomy and fetal development. Our skilled radiologic technologists and sonographers provides state-of-the-art diagnostic tests in a warm, caring environment.
What is Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a non-invasive, diagnostic tool that utilizes high frequency sound waves to create images used to identify or rule out potential health concerns. We use ultrasound to see how a baby is developing in the womb. It is also used to check the female pelvic organs during pregnancy.
An obstetric ultrasound serves as a way to monitor the progress of your pregnancy. Our healthcare professionals can confirm the viability of the fetus by visualizing the baby’s heartbeat, identify multiple pregnancies and determine an accurate due date. As your pregnancy progresses, ultrasounds are utilized to screen for fetal anomalies and monitor your baby’s growth and well-being.
A gynecologic ultrasound used to examine the anatomy of the cervix, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and helps identify various problems and abnormalities. With a GYN ultrasound, we are able to screen for abnormal bleeding, ovarian or uterine cancer, diagnose uterine fibroids, and detect cysts and masses.
What to Expect
You will lie down for the procedure. The person performing the test places a clear, water-based gel on your belly and pelvis area and then moves a hand-held probe over the area. The gel helps the probe transmit sound waves. These waves bounce off the body structures, including the developing baby, to create a picture on the ultrasound machine.
A full bladder is necessary to get a good picture. Therefore, you may be asked to drink 2 to 3 glasses of liquid an hour before the test. You should not urinate before the procedure. There may be some discomfort from pressure on the full bladder. The conducting gel may feel slightly cold and wet. You will not feel the ultrasound waves.
Sometimes we perform a transvaginal ultrasound, where a probe – called a transducer – is inserted into the vagina. The probe sends out sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these waves and uses them to create a picture. The ultrasound technician or doctor can then see the picture on a TV monitor. unlike a regular ultrasound procedure, a transvaginal ultrasound is done with your bladder empty or partly filled.
For more information about our ultrasound services, or to schedule an appointment, please call 704-372-4000. Our office hours are: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also visit us on MyChart.