Ultrasound

Due to the diagnostic nature of the scans being performed in our office and to provide the best care for our patients; our office has implemented the following ultrasound policies:

  • Most diagnostic ultrasounds are scheduled for 30 minutes but some may take up to 1 hour; so please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Late patients will be asked to reschedule their appointment.
  • Pediatric and Adolescent patients should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Due to safety issues, non-patients under the age of 8 are not allowed in ultrasound.
  • We ask that you limit the number of guests you bring to your ultrasound to 3.

GENDER SCANS

The physicians of The Women’s Health Group are pleased to offer a new service to our patients: Gender Scans. Our state of the art GE ultrasound units allow us the opportunity to provide the most recent in ultrasound technology to you.

In addition to the 1st trimester and 2nd trimester diagnostic scans routinely performed on all TWHG obstetric patients, you will have the choice of scheduling a Gender Scan.

Gender scanning is not intended to take the place of a diagnostic scan to document fetal growth and evaluate fetal anatomy. 2-D Ultrasound remains the best tool for diagnostic imaging to help ensure your baby is healthy. Only established patients of TWHG with a diagnostic scan on file will be scheduled for Gender Scans.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who will perform my ultrasound? Only registered personnel highly skilled in ultrasound technology are employed.

Will insurance pay for my Gender Scan? No. Gender Scans are not medically necessary and are non-diagnostic.

Is there any preparation necessary? No. You do not need a full bladder. It is also not helpful to drink caffeine or have other stimulants. An overly active baby is very difficult to photograph.

What if my baby doesn’t cooperate? You may be asked to return on a different day.

Do I need an appointment? It is necessary to schedule an appointment.

GYN ULTRASOUND

In addition to offering complete diagnostic and 4-D obstetric ultrasound, The Women’s Health Group also has full gynecologic ultrasound services available for the convenience of our patients. Most insurance plans will allow you to have your gynecologic ultrasound performed in our office by the registered sonographers employed by TWHG. This allows our patients a more private and familiar setting while allowing our physicians direct and timely viewing of your ultrasound images. Most gynecologic ultrasounds are performed with a transvaginal probe. Occasionally transabdominal imaging is done as well. All gynecologic ultrasounds performed in our office are then read by your own physician. This allows a direct correlation of your physical examination with your imaging and thus provides our patients with the optimal quality of care.

SONOHYSTEROGRAM

The sonohysterogram (SHG) will allow your doctor to evaluate the uterus for the causes of abnormal bleeding, recurrent miscarriage, infertility, and other gynecologic problems. The SHG is often used as a pre-operative assessment for hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation.

PREPARATION

It is important that the patient is not pregnant or suffering an active infection during the saline injection. The doctor may require the patient to be tested for pregnancy and/or infection prior to the exam. Due to cramping caused by the SHG, the doctor may suggest a full dose of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory be taken just prior to the procedure.

PROCEDURE

The sonohysterogram may be performed in the physician’s office. The entire procedure can be completed within 5-10 minutes. The patient will be asked to disrobe waist down and position herself on the table with stirrups. The doctor will then:

  • Insert a speculum into the vagina
  • Insert a catheter through the cervix and into the uterus
  • Insert a transvaginal ultrasound wand into the vagina
  • Inject a saline solution into the uterus through the catheter

RESULTS

The structure of the uterus is seen immediately on the ultrasound screen. The saline helps to identify any irregularities within the cavity of the uterus such as fibroids, polyps and scar tissue. These problems can then be surgically corrected. The doctor will discuss treatment options with you upon the discovery of any abnormalities.

RISKS

A slight risk which occurs in less than 1% of patients. You should notify the doctor in the days after the procedure if you develop any of the following:

  • A fever over 100 degrees
  • Intense and continued pain
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding