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Ultrasounds Are Useful for These Reasons

Healthcare providers often wish they could peer inside your body to see how well your organs are functioning and whether you have a health condition. Although that isn’t possible, ultrasound technology is the next best thing, because it gives your provider a view of what's happening inside you without invasive testing.

In the field of women's health, ultrasound imaging is used to check on the health of mom and baby during pregnancy as well as to look for certain women’s health problems in your pelvic region or elsewhere in your body.

Here at Associates in Women’s Health in Cincinnati, our team of care providers relies on ultrasound testing because it is a safe, effective way to help evaluate your health. Read on to learn more about this testing method.

About ultrasounds

Ultrasound uses sound waves to create multi-dimensional images of your internal organs and, if you're pregnant, your baby. Ultrasound technology is safe because, unlike X-rays, it does not use radiation for imaging.

There are two types of ultrasound testing: external and internal. With an external ultrasound, your technician moves a device on the outside of your belly to capture images from within your body, including your baby, if you are pregnant. With a transvaginal ultrasound, an ultrasound device is inserted into your vagina to get a closer look at your reproductive organs.

Ultrasound tests are completely safe for you and your baby. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there are no known links between ultrasound and birth defects, childhood cancer, or developmental problems later in life. Ultrasound testing has been safely used on pregnant and non-pregnant women for many years. 

Prenatal ultrasounds

Prenatal ultrasounds may be done as a routine check on your baby and your pregnancy. Your provider may also recommend an ultrasound if they have a specific concern.

We offer 3D and 4D prenatal ultrasounds. A 3D ultrasound creates three-dimensional images of your baby before birth. A 4D ultrasound provides live-motion video that shows your baby's movements.

We even provide packages that allow you to "see" your baby’s face for the first time and to learn your baby's gender before birth.

GYN ultrasounds

If your provider has a concern about a GYN issue, they may recommend a GYN ultrasound to gather more information about your reproductive organs or other structures in your body. For example, ultrasounds can be used to look for the following:

A full range of treatment

If you're pregnant, experiencing gynecological symptoms, or in need of a yearly well-woman exam, our providers are here to help. We offer a full spectrum of services that meet all of your health needs, including ultrasound testing and many other screening and diagnostic services. 

Schedule a visit with us by calling our office at 513-794-1500 or requesting an appointment today.

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