Ultrasound plays a significant role in diagnosing and treating many gynecologic conditions and diseases. Your provider may request an ultrasound if you are experiencing the following:
- Cramping or painful periods
- Abnormal bleeding such as post- menopausal bleeding or spotting between periods
- Pain during intercourse
- Lower back pain
Quality images add important clinical information for a number of common gyn problems, such as adnexal masses, pelvic pain and infertility. Ultrasound can also detect an ovarian mass before a patient experiences symptoms.
In early pregnancy, ultrasound or sonography, is also used to determine the gestational age, weight and size of the embryo. The heartbeat may be seen as early as 6 weeks, and is usually visible by 7 weeks.
At 20 weeks of gestation, a comprehensive "sonogram" is offered to asses a number of factors at this stage of pregnancy, to include:
- Detailed assessment of the fetus
- The position of the placenta
- Amniotic fluid volume
- Detect developmental defects before birth
AAMG Annapolis OB-GYN offers ultrasound to our patients in the Annapolis, Waugh Chapel and Pasadena offices by certified technicians. All of our offices have ultrasound equipment for patient/physician convenience, if there is a need for an immediate diagnostic study. Please note: Unattended children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the ultrasound rooms. Please bring someone with you to attend to your child/children while you are having your sonogram.