OverviewObstetrical ultrasound imaging is a safe and painless procedure. This technique uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an internal image of a woman’s body that is presented on a computer screen for physician and patient viewing. It provides pictures of an embryo, bladder, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, and ovaries within a woman’s body. The purpose of an OBS/Gynae ultrasound is twofold; In obstetric medicine to confirm and monitor pregnancy and gynecologic care to evaluate conditions such as ovarian cysts, abnormal uterine bleeding, and uterine fibroids.
Uses of OBS/Gynae SonographyMost women are familiar with the obstetric application of ultrasound to confirm and evaluate a pregnancy. Ultrasound images are often the first time a family gets a glimpse of their baby, and they are often treasured. Ultrasound images can be used in gynecologic care to diagnose and help treat many diseases and conditions in the pelvic region.
Ultrasound for obstetrics and pregnancyObstetric ultrasounds are used during many stages of pregnancy.
- Firstly it is useful in confirming the pregnancy
- As time goes on, these ultrasounds are used to estimate the age of the pregnancy, determine due dates, identify the possible presence of twins or multiples, and to learn the sex, size and position of the baby.
- Ultrasounds can also be used to screen for birth defects.
- At the end of a pregnancy, doctors also use ultrasound to assess whether or not the baby is facing head-down.
Ultrasound for gynecologic diagnostics and evaluationAnother common use for ultrasounds is as a tool in gynecologic medicine to diagnose conditions in women and girls, particularly of the reproductive tract.
- Establish the presence of a living embryo/fetus.
- Diagnose abnormal uterine bleeding, cysts, tumours, fibroids, and pelvic pain.