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Ultrasound Specialist

Dekalb Women's Specialists -  - OBGYN

Dekalb Women's Specialists

OBGYNs & Women's Health Specialists located in Decatur, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain, GA

Ultrasound is a safe and effective diagnostic imaging tool that allows the team at Dekalb Women's Specialists to evaluate your reproductive organs and unborn baby. The state-of-the-art women’s health practice offers 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging in addition to the standard ultrasound test. To learn more about in-office ultrasounds at Dekalb Women's Specialists, call the nearest office in Lithonia, Decatur, or Stone Mountain, Georgia, or book a visit online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound, also called sonography, is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the human body. 

The team at Dekalb Women's Specialists uses ultrasound testing to evaluate your reproductive organs, diagnose problems, and make recommendations for further treatment. 

The team may perform a “regular” transabdominal ultrasound or a transvaginal ultrasound.

Transabdominal ultrasound

During a transabdominal ultrasound, the ultrasound wand, called a transducer, is placed over your abdominal area to generate images of your reproductive organs or baby. 

Transvaginal ultrasound

During a transvaginal ultrasound, your provider inserts a special ultrasound wand into your vagina to capture images. 

When would I need an ultrasound?

The practice uses ultrasound imaging to monitor pregnancies and to diagnose and treat gynecological conditions. 

Some of the common gynecological conditions the team may diagnose during an ultrasound include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • The cause of your pelvic pain or abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • The cause of your infertility

Ultrasound technology may also be used to supplement a mammogram, which is a screening test for breast cancer. 

What are 3D and 4D ultrasounds?

The team at Dekalb Women's Specialists also offers in-office 3D and 4D ultrasound testing. The advanced imaging tool is used during prenatal care and creates 3D images of your baby that allow you to see more details of their face and body.

The 4D ultrasound creates a video of your baby to document activity. 

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

Your provider at Dekalb Women's Specialists discusses the details of how to prepare for your ultrasound before your appointment. Preparation may depend on the reason for your test. 

You should wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing to your ultrasound appointment. Depending on the type of ultrasound, the team may request you:

  • Not eat or drink for up to 12 hours before your appointment
  • Drink up to six glass of water two hours prior to your exam and avoid urinating

In most cases, no special preparation is needed prior to an ultrasound.

What happens during an ultrasound?

Ultrasound testing is painless and usually takes less than 30 minutes. After you lie down on the exam table, the ultrasound technician applies a clear gel to your skin at the site of the examination. 

Your technician then firmly presses the ultrasound wand against your skin and moves it back and forth to generate images of the area. The images are transmitted from the ultrasound wand to a computer screen. 

Your provider reviews the findings from your ultrasound and provides recommendations as needed. There’s no downtime following the imaging test. 

To schedule your ultrasound, call Dekalb Women's Specialists or book an appointment online today.