Diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of structures within your body. The images produced during an ultrasound examination by your Columbus gynecologist at Central Obstetrics and Gynecology often provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Most ultrasound examinations are done in our Columbus gynecology office using a sonar device outside of your body, though some ultrasound examinations involve placing a device inside your body.
Why Ultrasounds Are Done
You may need to undergo an ultrasound for a variety of reasons, for example, to:
- Assess a fetus;
- Diagnose gallbladder disease;
- Evaluate flow in blood vessels;
- Guide a needle for biopsy or tumor treatment;
- Evaluate a breast lump;
- Check your thyroid gland;
- Study your heart;
- Diagnose some forms of infection;
- Diagnose some forms of cancer;
- Reveal abnormalities in the genitalia and prostate;
- Evaluate abnormalities of the muscles and tendons.
What You Can Expect During An Ultrasound
During an ultrasound exam, you usually lie on an examination table in our Columbus gynecology office. A small amount of gel is applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the formation of air pockets between the ultrasound and your body.
During the exam, a technician trained in ultrasound imaging (sonographer) presses a small hand-held device (transducer), about the size of a bar of soap, against your skin over the area of your body being examined, moving from one area to another as necessary.
Results of the Ultrasound
When your exam is complete, your Columbus gynecologist generally views the ultrasound images on film or on a computer monitor. The radiologist analyzes the images and sends a report of the findings to your doctor.
If your ultrasound exam is for an urgent medical condition, your doctor should receive your results immediately. Otherwise, you should have your results within a few days.
If you are experiencing any health problems, you should consult with your Columbus obstetrician to discuss an ultrasound to determine the problem. Just call Columbus Central Obstetrics and Gynecology today at (706) 507-6306 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a member of our experienced and caring staff./appointment' class='appointment-btn'>Request an Appointment!