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Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography

Ultrasound is used to view internal organs and structures using ultrasonic waves. It can be used to diagnose gynecological problems, to help a practitioner guide a surgical instrument during a procedure, and is used commonly during pregnancy to view fetal anatomy and monitor fetal growth and well being. Our practice is proud to offer state-of-the-art ultrasonography services in our Springfield office, including 3D and 4D imaging when indicated.

For an in-depth discussion of how ultrasound is used in obstetrics and gynecology, visit UpToDate

Ultrasound preparation

Depending on the type of ultrasound you are having, preparation can vary. Many (but not all) ultrasound studies require that you fill your bladder. Please follow the following preparation instructions in accordance to the type of scan you are having. If you are unsure of the type of scan you will have, please contact our office.

  • Gyn pelvic ultrasound: Finish drinking four 8 oz glasses of water (a total of 32 oz.) one hour prior to appointment
  • Pregnant patients for first trimester screen: Finish drinking two 8 oz glasses of water (16 oz total) one hour prior to appointment.
  • Pregnant patients for fetal survey ultrasound: Finish drinking four 8 oz glasses of water (32 oz total) one hour prior to visit.
  • Cryoablation studies: Finish drinking two 8 oz glasses of water (a total of 16 oz) one hour prior to examination.
  • If you are having a follow-up ob ultrasound after having had a fetal survey, you do not have to fill your bladder.
  • If you are having any type of transvaginal scan (ob or gyn studies), you do not have to fill your bladder.

 

Sonohystogram

A sonohystogram is performed in certain instances to provide additional diagnostic information.  During the procedure, a saline solution is placed into the uterus through a small catheter inserted through the cervix.  An ultrasound is then performed to provide images of the uterus.  Sonohystograms are performed in our Springfield office.   

 

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