At Advantage Health Care in Wood Dale, Illinois, the team of experienced and supportive healthcare providers offers a comprehensive menu services for women, including pregnancy ultrasounds. If you live in the DuPage County area and want to learn more about this diagnostic procedure, call our office or book a consultation online today.
An ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of a fetus and your reproductive organs, including the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and vagina. These images are projected onto a video monitor and offer a wealth of information. They can confirm early pregnancy, estimate the day of conception within 3-5 days, verify a fetal heartbeat, identify the location of the fetus, and reveal the number of pregnancies a woman is carrying.
A transvaginal ultrasound uses a thin probe that's covered with a disposable protective sheath. A small amount of ultrasound gel is applied to the end of the probe. The probe is gently inserted into the vagina about 2-3 inches, and like an abdominal ultrasound, it projects images onto a monitor. The procedure is not painful. In fact, most women find it less uncomfortable than a routine Pap smear.
Using the same sound wave technology as a transvaginal ultrasound, an abdominal ultrasound entails sliding a transducer over the abdomen to project an image (sonogram) to a computer screen. Your abdomen is first covered with a conducting gel.
You may be asked to drink fluids before your abdominal ultrasound. Often the images obtained are sharper when the bladder is partially filled.
Absolutely. Our technician will place a large towel over your lower body. In addition, you will be given a hospital gown to wear during a transvaginal ultrasound.
When performed by trained medical specialists such as those at Advantage Health Care, ultrasounds are extremely safe. They have been used during pregnancy for decades, and unlike other imaging procedures, such as X-rays, ultrasounds do not involve any radiation.