Ultrasound

Physicians for Women - Melius, Schurr & Cardwell -  - Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Physicians for Women - Melius, Schurr & Cardwell

Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Primary Care Physicians located in Madison, WI

Physicians for Women provides full-spectrum ultrasound imaging with movie-like 4D technology via the state-of-the-art GE Voluson™ system. This imaging quality is ideal for viewing your baby and diagnosing gynecologic abnormalities, such as ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids or polyps or confirmation of correct IUD placement The team of board-certified physicians has more than 20 years of experience using ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology. For the highest-quality ultrasounds, call the practice in Madison, Wisconsin, today or book a consultation online.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a device the Physicians for Women team uses to monitor your pregnancy and to diagnose health conditions. Ultrasound painlessly creates images of the structures of your body so we can either see your growing baby or look for potential problems. The practice offers the latest state-of-the-art 4D GE Voluson Ultrasound for use in obstetrics and gynecology.

Ultrasound works by sending sound waves from a handheld transducer through your skin and into your body, where they bounce off organs and other tissues, then return to the transducer. The transducer sends them to a computer, which translates the waves into detailed images.

 

What are the types of ultrasounds?

At Physicians for Women, you can expect the following types of ultrasound exams:

Transabdominal ultrasound

During this ultrasound, your provider applies a harmless gel to your skin to boost sound wave transmission. They then apply the transducer to your skin, moving it across your skin to obtain an image.

Transvaginal ultrasound

In this type of ultrasound, your provider places the transducer inside your vagina. Doing so produces a clearer image of your pelvic organs. 

 

How is ultrasound used in obstetrics?

When you’re pregnant, ultrasound imaging allows your provider to evaluate your baby’s position, anatomy and growth as well as the status of your placenta and amniotic fluid. At Physicians for Women, expect an early ultrasound at eight and 12 weeks gestation and again at 20 weeks for a detailed, in-depth assessment of your baby with incredibly detailed images. 

You also may opt for REVEAL ultrasounds when you’re 16 weeks and 32 weeks pregnant using the 4D GE Voluson ultrasound. The 4D ultrasound offers movie-like images of your growing baby.

 

How is ultrasound used in gynecology?

Ultrasound helps us detect and diagnose gynecological conditions. A diagnostic transvaginal ultrasound is essential for determining the cause of symptoms, such as pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding, which may be a sign of underlying pathology.

Physicians for Women uses ultrasound to evaluate common gynecological conditions, such as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts or masses
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometrial polyps
  • Congenital uterine abnormalities

In certain cases, we recommend a more detailed type of ultrasound exam called sonohysterography to find the source of abnormal bleeding or pain and to direct treatment options. During sonohysterography, your provider inserts fluid painlessly into your uterus via a tiny catheter. The fluid helps create more detailed images on the ultrasound.

When you need ultrasound imaging during pregnancy or for a women's health condition, count on the experience of Physicians for Women. Schedule your ultrasound by calling the office or booking your appointment online.