Ultrasound is energy in the form of sound waves. The most common type is a two-dimensional (2-D) ultrasound. In a 2-D, a transducer sends sound waves through your body, where the waves hit tissues, body fluids and bones before bouncing back like echoes. When the echoes are received by the transducer, they are converted into images of your internal organs.
Sonohysterography is a specialized pelvic ultrasound used to look for problems within your uterus, often as part of an infertility evaluation. After you have a transvaginal ultrasound exam, a catheter is inserted through your cervix. Then a saline solution is injected through the catheter, making it easier for Dr. Lee to see inside your uterus.
An ultrasound can diagnose and monitor certain problems, such as those related to your reproductive organs. Your symptoms can be correlated with the ultrasound findings, allowing Dr. Lee to make a more accurate diagnosis of your condition. Ultrasound findings are often correlated with MRI or CT scan findings. since each type of imaging study has certain advantages.
During early pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to establish the viability of a fetus, especially if there is unusual pain or bleeding. and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. Currently there is no reliable evidence that ultrasound is harmful to a developing fetus. It’s possible, however, that effects could be identified in the future. For this reason, ultrasound exams should be performed only for medical reasons and only by qualified physicians like Dr. Lee.
Dr. Lee has been using pelvic ultrasound in his gynecology practice since the early 1980s and operates the latest equipment in his office. You can expect to have an ultrasound at your appointment if it would help to diagnose or monitor your gynecologic condition.
…And don’t worry. We won’t limit the number of medical issues you can bring for evaluation at your appointment.