At Dr. Seema’s Ultrasound Clinic, we want to ensure that our patients are always well-informed. Here’s a list of frequently asked questions that will answer most of your queries.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses sound waves to create an image of the internal body structures. Ultrasound is the image that is derived through ultrasonography. Other names: Medical Ultrasound, Diagnostic Sonography
A doctor recommends an ultrasound test when you are having pain, swelling, or any other symptoms that require a review of your internal organs. Through ultrasound, doctors can find unusual growths in your neck, breast, groin, arms, or legs. It can also help diagnose uneven shape & size of heart, tumors, and tiny stones/blockage in your gall bladder.
Ultrasonography is also recommended to expectant mothers for keeping abreast of the health of their unborn child.
Before the test Depending on the targeted problem area, the preparation for ultrasound may differ. For your stomach area, the doctor may recommend not eating for a few hours before the test. For female organs or male prostate, the doctor may ask you to drink extra glasses of water.
You’ll be asked to lie down on a table.
The doctor will apply the gel to the targeted area.
They’ll use a hand-held device to glide over the area to get internal images.
For some specific tests like vaginal ultrasound, the doctor may insert a device into your body to get clearer or more specific imaging. When you schedule an ultrasound, be sure to ask the doctor if any preparation for the same is required
It can take anywhere between 20 minutes to 40 minutes to conduct an ultrasound depending on the type of ultrasound and the targeted region.
Doctors are trained to analyze the imaging and reach a diagnosis while conducting the ultrasound. You will be given a preliminary analysis instantly by the doctor conducting the ultrasound. At Dr. Seema’s, you will receive the full report that same day.
Yes, it is safe to have an ultrasound when you are pregnant. Unlike X-rays, Ultrasound or ultrasonography uses non-radiation sound waves that are not harmful to your unborn child or your internal organs.
There are major 6 types of scans or ultrasounds that take place when you are pregnant.
Transabdominal (standard) ultrasound: Considered the most common prenatal ultrasound, it creates two-dimensional images of your baby and internal organs by gliding a transducer across your lower abdomen.
Transvaginal ultrasound:This ultrasound is commonly conducted during early pregnancy when the baby is too small and harder to see from outside the abdomen. For this reason, a long robe-shaped transducer is inserted into your vagina for better imaging.
Doppler imaging A type of transabdominal ultrasound, doppler shows blood flow inside the umbilical cord and blood vessels. Doctors suggest this exam if your baby’s growth seems to have slowed.
3D ultrasound: This ultrasound requires several two-dimensional images using transabdominal ultrasound and assembles them to create a three-dimensional image.
4D ultrasound: It creates three-dimensional images that show the movement inside the womb.
Fetal echocardiogram or fetal echo:Another transabdominal ultrasound, fetal echo closely examines your baby’s heart for irregularities and defects. While most fetal echos are non-invasive, some may require transvaginal insertion
Ultrasounds pose no risks to you or your baby during pregnancy. Ultrasounds rely on sound waves to create imaging that is not harmful. Unlike X-rays that use ionizing radiations, ultrasounds when performed by experienced professionals like Dr. Seema is a safe way to keep abreast of your unborn child’s health.
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