You’ve probably seen an ultrasound tacked up on your friend’s fridge, showing off the first images of the baby growing inside her. While ultrasounds are typically associated with pregnancy, they also serve as a vital diagnostic tool when it comes to your reproductive health. Each of the Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. offices, located in Beaumont, Texas, is equipped with ultrasound equipment, making diagnosis and prenatal care a one-stop process.
Ultrasound Q & A
An ultrasound, which is also called sonography, relies on sound waves to render a picture of what’s going on inside your body. Using a handheld tool, the doctors at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. send an inaudible, high-frequency sound into your body, which sends echoes back that create a picture, revealing the size and shape of your soft tissue and organs, as well as your fetus.
The obstetricians at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. frequently use ultrasounds to monitor the development of your fetus. But there’s much more that this amazing technology can do. For example, the gynecologists use ultrasound technology to detect any problems in your:
- Fallopian tubes
The resulting images can indicate whether any abnormal growths, such as cysts or fibroids, exist in your reproductive system. The doctors can also detect any abnormal masses related to cancer.
When it comes to getting images of your pelvic region, the gynecologists at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. perform ultrasounds one of two ways:
- Transabdominal ultrasound, which is used most often to monitor your fetus
- Transvaginal ultrasound, which goes in through your vagina
In some cases, the doctors may perform ultrasounds from two different angles to get the most complete picture of your pelvic region.