Ultrasounds are safe imaging studies that allow your provider to diagnose reproductive health problems and, if you’re pregnant, monitor the development of your baby. The providers at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida have three locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres, Florida. Each of the three conveniently located offices provide state-of-the-art ultrasound services. If you need to schedule an ultrasound, call Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida or schedule your appointment online today.
An ultrasound is a safe, painless, and noninvasive procedure that allows your provider to see your internal organs without having to make an incision in your body. Ultrasounds use soundwaves and their echoes to create images of organs and other structures inside your body. The echo waves provide information that can show your provider the size, shape, and consistency of your organs or other growths, as well as whether they’re solid or filled with fluid.
The providers at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida use ultrasounds to diagnose reproductive health problems and to monitor the health and development of pregnancies:
Most patients have two ultrasounds while they’re pregnant. You have your first ultrasound around week 12 to confirm the pregnancy and check for early signs of genetic abnormalities. Then, around your 20th week of pregnancy, you have another ultrasound to allow your doctor to check your baby’s growth and identify the sex of your baby — if you want to know if you’re going to have a boy or a girl.
The providers also use ultrasounds to identify reproductive health issues. For example, if you have pelvic pain or abnormal periods, your provider might recommend an ultrasound so they can study your reproductive organs. They can identify abnormal growths like fibroids or ovarian cysts that could indicate polycystic ovary syndrome. An ultrasound might also show signs of endometriosis.
On the day of your ultrasound, you should wear comfortable clothing that you can move easily to bare your abdomen. Your provider gives you personalized instructions, for example, if you need to have a full bladder during your procedure.
In most cases, you lie on your back. The ultrasound technician applies a clear gel to your skin, which helps the transducer wand glide smoothly to ensure the soundwaves travel easily in and out of your body.
Next, your technician moves the transducer over your skin, sending the ultrasound waves into your body and collecting the echoes. It transmits the information to a computer that creates an image from the data. Your provider can study the pictures and tell you details about your baby or form a diagnosis of a health problem.
After your ultrasound, you can get right back to your regular activities. If necessary, your provider schedules follow-up appointments.
If you need an ultrasound, call Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida or make an appointment online today.