Ultrasound is so well known for giving expectant parents the first image of their baby that many people don't realize it's also a vital tool used to diagnose a number of gynecologic conditions, such as the cause of pelvic pain. Dr. Edward S. Wagner offers ultrasound on-site along with comprehensive women's medical care. If you have any questions about your healthcare needs as a woman or need to schedule an ultrasound, call his office in Hollywood, Florida, or use the online booking tool.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and other structures in your body. A device called a transducer emits sound waves that bounce off structures in your body and return to the transducer. The information is transmitted from the transducer to a computer, which interprets the waves and produces an image.
Dr. Wagner performs ultrasounds in two ways, depending on the information that’s needed:
Transabdominal ultrasound is used to view your baby during pregnancy. Dr. Wagner applies ultrasound gel to your abdomen, which creates a bond that improves sound wave transmission through your skin. Then, he moves the transducer over your abdomen to obtain images of your baby.
This type of ultrasound is performed using a long, thin transducer that’s placed inside your vagina. Since the sound waves don’t have to pass through your skin, a transvaginal ultrasound produces a better image of your pelvic organs.
You may have an ultrasound any time during your pregnancy if Dr. Wagner wants to check on your baby’s health. Most women, however, only need one or two ultrasounds.
Dr. Wagner may perform a first trimester ultrasound to verify that you’re pregnant and estimate your due date. An ultrasound this early in a pregnancy may also be needed if Dr. Wagner suspects a tubal pregnancy.
The ultrasound performed in your second trimester, around 18-20 weeks, is the one that’s routinely included in prenatal care. It’s also the ultrasound parents anticipate because they may learn their baby’s sex. Dr. Wagner uses this ultrasound to evaluate your baby’s growth, anatomy, and position, and examine the amount of amniotic fluid.
Third trimester ultrasounds aren’t routine but may be needed to confirm the baby’s position, estimate the baby’s weight, or assess the baby’s health, especially if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Ultrasound is an effective tool used to diagnose many gynecological problems. When women have symptoms like pelvic pain or abnormal menstrual bleeding, Dr. Wagner often performs a transvaginal ultrasound to determine the underlying cause.
A few examples of gynecological conditions that may require diagnostic ultrasound include:
Please call Dr. Wagner or book an appointment online if you have any concerns about your gynecologic health.