In addition to pregnancy-related screenings, the Fetal Diagnostic Center also offers comprehensive gynecologic imaging services that deliver superior image quality and diagnostic capabilities that enable providers to effectively diagnose, measure and monitor a wide range of women’s gynecologic needs. Our facility offers the following:
A pelvic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to make pictures of the pelvic organs and structures, including the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes. At the Fetal Diagnostic Center, providers may perform pelvic ultrasound one of two ways, depending on what information is needed:
- Transabdominal ultrasound – the most common, this involves passing a small handheld device over the lower belly.
- Transvaginal ultrasound – a transducer, that sends the sound waves, is fitted into the vagina. This ultrasound is mostly used to detect fertility issues or uterine abnormalities.
Pelvic ultrasounds help providers identify or measure …
- Issues involving pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and other menstrual problems
- Ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and endometrial polyps
- Kidney stones, bladder tumors and other bladder disorders
- Ovarian or uterine cancers
- Uterine anomalies and scars
- Endometrial hyperplasia
Our providers may also use pelvic ultrasound to guide procedures, such as needle biopsies.
At the Fetal Diagnostic Center, our provides also use a Doppler ultrasound, which is a special technique that enables them see and evaluate blood flow through various aspects of the fetus, including heart, brain, umbilical cord, and other organs. It may also be used to evaluate maternal structures such as the uterus.
Doppler ultrasound enables providers to identify …
- Obstruction to blood flow, such as clots
- Tumors and congenital vascular malformations
- Reduced blood flow to different organs
- Ensuring that blood flow in a fetus is adequate for normal development
- Helps manage fetuses at risk for anemia
- Safely follows fetuses who may have certain heart defects or other anatomical concerns
- Helps determine if the pregnancy is at higher risk for preeclampsia or other maternal blood pressure concerns
3D/4D Pelvic Ultrasound
With our 3D/4D pelvic ultrasound, providers at the Fetal Diagnostic Center can obtain in-depth, detailed views of the pelvic area and uterus that can’t be seen with a conventional pelvic ultrasound. This technology enables us to assess, diagnose and/or measure a wide range of pelvic conditions:
- Identifying fertility issues due to damaged fallopian tubes
- Detecting congenital uterine abnormalities
- Locating endometrial polyps, fibroids and tumors
- Assessing recurring miscarriages and preterm deliveries
- Aiding uterine cancer biopsies and treatments
- Monitoring the endometrium for women on certain treatments for breast cancer
This non-invasive, safe and painless technique, also commonly referred to as sonohysterography, involves slowly infusing a small amount of sterile saline solution into a woman’s uterus to dilate the cavity, and then simultaneously imaging using an ultrasound-guided transducer (probe). This combination of saline and ultrasound produces pictures of the inside of a woman’s uterus and help diagnose unexplained vaginal bleeding that may be a result of:
- Polyps and/or fibroids
- Endometrial atrophy or scarring
- Malignant lesions or masses
- Congenital defects
Sonohysterography may also be used to investigate uterine abnormalities in women who experience infertility or multiple miscarriages.
For more information about our gynecologic imaging services, or to schedule an appointment, contact us.