Ultrasounds are an excellent tool to help your caregiver view the pelvic area. While they are a key part of monitoring your pregnancy, ultrasounds are also helpful to identify other gynecological problems. You may have in-office ultrasounds when ordered by your caregiver, whether you are pregnant or not. At Clinic Sofia, your doctors are AIUM certified, which means they are able to interpret your ultrasound images and discuss your results immediately after your ultrasound.
During pregnancy, your caregiver may order several ultrasounds. The first time you might have an ultrasound is around weeks 7 – 12. This checks that your baby has a strong heartbeat, estimates your due date, and measures size. Clinic Sofia provides an optional nuchal translucency ultrasound to evaluate signs of possible genetic abnormalities in the baby. This ultrasound is offered near week 12.
Later in the pregnancy, at week 20, you will have an ultrasound to show movement, heartbeat, anatomy, sex and overall health of your growing baby. In the third trimester, your caregiver may order additional ultrasounds to monitor the growth and anatomy of your baby, as well as amniotic fluid levels.
When a patient might have pain or other gynecological problems, ultrasound can diagnose conditions such as ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or infertility. A saline-infused sonohystogram, which is similar to an ultrasound and uses a saline solution, can better display polyps, scar tissue, and other abnormalities that do not show up on regular ultrasounds. Your caregiver will analyze these images and suggest treatment options for you.