The ability to see your baby in real time while you’re pregnant is valuable for both you and your doctor. At AllSafe Medical Group in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Downey, California, ultrasound imaging helps your provider see your baby and monitor its progress. Plus, you get a preview of what’s to come. To learn more about ultrasound imaging and see how it applies to your pregnancy, call AllSafe Medical Group, or reserve an appointment online today.
Ultrasound is a type of medical imaging that allows your physician to see the inside of your body or your baby’s body inside of yours. Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a valuable tool for your obstetrician throughout your pregnancy.
Unlike other imaging devices, like X-rays and CT scans, ultrasounds don’t use radiation. Instead, the image appears after the handpiece, called a transducer, delivers sound waves through your body. The sound waves bounce off of your internal organs, your baby, and other structures in their path.
The image appears on a screen in real time, so you can see movements. The entire process is painless and completely harmless to you and your child’s health.
Ultrasound imaging has countless medical applications. Since it allows your physician to see inside your body in real time, doctors often use it to guide needles for injections and needle biopsies. Doctors also use it to diagnose conditions and assess the extent of damage in your organs.
The team at AllSafe Medical Group frequently uses ultrasounds to:
Ultrasounds also show blood flow in their images. The radiologist performing your ultrasound might check the blood flow through your umbilical cord and the placenta during an ultrasound to make sure your baby is getting enough oxygen and nutrients.
When you come to AllSafe Medical Group for ultrasound imaging, the team asks you to lay down comfortably on a table. You’ll start facing up, but you might be asked to tilt to your left or right during the imaging session.
A radiologist applies a water-based gel to your skin. The gel helps conduct the soundwaves and prevents air pockets between your skin and the transducer from disrupting the images. Your radiologist glides the transducer across the gel in order to view the inside of your abdomen from different angles.
At some point before or during your pregnancy, your provider might request that you get a transvaginal ultrasound. Your provider places the transducer with a protective cover two to three inches into your vaginal canal for a view of your reproductive organs.
The whole process takes about 30 minutes, and you may be given an ultrasound image of your baby to take home.
If you’d like to learn more about ultrasound imaging and find if you need it during your pregnancy, call AllSafe Medical Group, or reserve an appointment online today.