Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Ultrasound gives expecting parents that wonderful first glimpse of their baby, but it’s also an exceptional diagnostic tool. Whether you’re pregnant or you have symptoms like pelvic pain that need a diagnosis, you can count on the team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology to obtain the highest-quality ultrasound images. If you have questions about needing an ultrasound, call one of the offices in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Flushing, New York, or book an appointment online.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the structures in your body. A transducer sends the sound waves through your skin and into your body, where they bounce off organs and other tissues such as blood vessels, then return to the transducer. The transducer sends them to a computer, which turns the sound waves into detailed images.

What Two Types of Ultrasound Might My Gynecologist Use?

There are two types of ultrasound your gynecologist at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology can perform:

  • Transabdominal Ultrasound: This is the type of ultrasound women receive during pregnancy. Your doctor applies ultrasound gel to your skin to boost sound wave transmission through your skin. Then they move the transducer over your skin to obtain an image.
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound: A transvaginal ultrasound produces clearer images of pelvic organs because the sound waves don’t have to travel through your skin. Instead, your doctor uses a narrow transducer that’s placed inside your vagina.

How is Ultrasound Used in Obstetrics?

When you’re pregnant, ultrasound imaging allows your doctor to evaluate your baby’s position, growth, and anatomy. All women undergo a routine ultrasound around 18-22 weeks, but the procedure can be done at any time.

An ultrasound around seven to nine weeks can verify your pregnancy, determine the due date, and see whether it’s a single or multiple pregnancy. Around weeks 11-13, an ultrasound can reveal major abnormalities.

During the third trimester, your doctor may perform an ultrasound to measure the baby’s size, check the baby’s position, determine the amount of amniotic fluid, and evaluate the baby’s growth and health.

How is Ultrasound Used in Gynecology?

Ultrasound is one of the most important tools your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology has for detecting and diagnosing gynecological conditions. A diagnostic transvaginal ultrasound is essential for determining the cause of symptoms such as pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding, which could arise from numerous problems.

A few of the most common gynecological conditions evaluated with ultrasound include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Your doctor may also use a transvaginal ultrasound to detect signs of gynecologic cancers such as endometrial and ovarian cancer.

When you need ultrasound imaging, you can count on the experience of the team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology. To schedule an appointment, call or use online booking.