OBGYN Westside, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located on the Upper West Side, New York, NY

In-house ultrasound makes it easy to confirm a pregnancy or evaluate possible abnormalities of the reproductive organs. At OBGYN Westside, PLLC, the team offers this noninvasive imaging test to women on the Upper West Side of New York City. To take advantage of the ultrasound services offered, call the office or book an appointment using the online tool.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to see images of your internal organs as well as any other structures inside your body, including a growing baby. The test doesn’t hurt or require any anesthesia and is noninvasive. Ultrasound also uses no radiation, so it’s safe for a growing baby and your health.

What should I expect during an ultrasound?

An ultrasound usually requires you to change into a gown which is provided by the office. Your physician will put a gel on top of the area to be examined, such as your abdomen, and then run a transducer wand over the area to transmit pictures to a screen.

In some cases, you may require a transvaginal ultrasound to get a better picture of your organs. In this case, the sterile wand is inserted vaginally.

As you are having your ultrasound, we will review the images and findings with you and be able to discuss next steps in your care immediately afterwards.

How does an ultrasound work?

When the wand runs across your skin, it emits sound waves that penetrate your body. When they hit an object, such as a fetus or pelvic organ, they bounce back and provide information to a computer. The computer uses this information to create an image.

Who is a candidate for an obstetric ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are a routine part of prenatal care. They’re used to confirm pregnancy as well as to monitor the growth and development of your baby. An ultrasound can evaluate your baby’s gender as well as any potential health concerns.

Who is a candidate for a gynecological ultrasound?

A gynecological ultrasound can be used to look at  your:

  • Ovaries
  • Cervix
  • Bladder
  • Uterus
  • Fallopian tubes

You may also need an ultrasound if you have unspecified pelvic pain. Heavy menstrual bleeding, intense menstrual cramping, or any unusual pain are also reasons for the noninvasive test. The team may also recommend an ultrasound if we find an irregularity during a pelvic exam such as a mass.

An ultrasound is helpful in identifying an ovarian cyst, a tumor, or uterine fibroids. The test cannot accurately diagnose endometriosis. 

If you have a condition that may need an ultrasound, call OBGYN Westside or book an appointment online today.