Ultrasound Specialist

Mott Women Healthcare

OB-GYN located in Lower Manhattan, New York

An ultrasound during pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers because it’s the first time you get to see your baby. Mott Women Healthcare in New York City provides ultrasounds for their pregnant patients. The OB/GYN professionals offer ultrasounds for gynecological concerns as well. If you need an ultrasound, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure that uses soundwave technology to generate images of your baby in the womb. Most women get their first ultrasound during the second trimester, around 16 to 20 weeks. Although, some women can get an ultrasound during the first trimester, which is referred to as an early ultrasound.

There are two types of ultrasounds, transabdominal and transvaginal.

Transabdominal ultrasound

The transabdominal ultrasound is the one most often used during pregnancy. During this test the transducer — the ultrasound wand — is placed on your abdomen to generate the images.

Transvaginal ultrasound

During the transvaginal ultrasound, the transducer is placed in your vaginal canal to get a better view of your reproductive organs.

What can I expect during an ultrasound?

The ultrasound is an exciting and painless test that lets you see your baby for the first time. During the ultrasound, the technician begins by placing a warm gel on your abdomen, which helps generate clearer images. Then, the technician places the transducer on the gel, and an image is transmitted to a computer screen.

While you might be most excited about seeing your baby, your OB/GYN uses the ultrasound to:

  • Check growth and estimate due date
  • Assess development
  • Look for birth defects
  • Examine your womb and placenta placement
  • Check for more than one baby 

The ultrasound can also be used as part of the chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which is a special test that assesses for chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome.

Is ultrasound safe?

The ultrasound is a safe test for you and your baby. The soundwave technology doesn’t use any ionizing radiation and is safer than an X-ray. OB/GYNs have been using ultrasound for pregnancies for more than 30 years.

Why would I need an ultrasound if I am not pregnant?

Your OB/GYN could recommend an ultrasound after your routine pelvic exam if there’s concern about your reproductive organs. The ultrasound can be used to assess for:

  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Fibroids or cysts
  • Placement of intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Your OB/GYN also uses an ultrasound when conducting a procedure to act as a visual guide, such as during an endometrial biopsy.

Call Mott Women Healthcare today to schedule your ultrasound. Or use the online booking button.