In-Office Ultrasound

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

An ultrasound helps your doctor quickly view your pelvic organs, as well as the health of your growing baby if you’re pregnant. At Palm Valley Women’s Care, Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the experienced team offer state-of-the-art in-office ultrasound testing. With two locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, call the clinic nearest you to schedule an ultrasound.

In-Office Ultrasound Q & A

Why do I need an ultrasound?

A pelvic ultrasound is a simple way to gather images of your pelvic and lower abdominal area without using X-ray technology, which can expose you to radiation. Your OB/GYN may recommend an ultrasound if you have:

  • Fibroids 
  • Ovarian cysts 
  • Infertility issues
  • Endometriosis 
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as pelvic inflammatory disease

Not only are in-office ultrasounds beneficial for evaluating your anatomy and getting to the root of pain or chronic conditions, but your OB/GYN can also use ultrasound technology to better position your contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD).

Ultrasounds are essential for obstetrical purposes, too. Your OB/GYN can perform an in-office ultrasound to evaluate your follicle size or egg count if you’re trying to get pregnant. 

Once you become pregnant, your OB/GYN conducts routine sonograms to evaluate your baby’s development. They can even perform a special ultrasound known as a nuchal translucency screening between weeks 11-13, which can help determine if your baby is at risk of having a genetic disorder. 

What happens during an in-office ultrasound?

Palm Valley Women’s Care provides both pelvic and transvaginal ultrasounds, depending on your needs. (Your OB/GYN may recommend both.) Below are descriptions of what to expect during each type of in-office ultrasound.

Pelvic ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound (also known as a transabdominal ultrasound) may require you to lower your pants and underwear as you lie back on the exam table. Your provider then glides a handheld transducer over your pelvic region to gather video, pictures, and sounds of your internal organs or growing baby. 

Transvaginal ultrasound

With a transvaginal ultrasound, you’re going to need to undress from the waist down. Your practitioner needs to insert a long, thin transducer into your vagina to more clearly see parts of your reproductive organs. 

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

Because ultrasounds are performed right in the office at Palm Valley Women’s Care, you can expect compassionate care with a team of medical providers who know you and your health history. 

Usually, the only preparation that’s necessary for an ultrasound is to arrive with a full bladder, although this isn’t always necessary. Your OB/GYN can let you know ahead of time if this applies to you. 

If you need an in-office ultrasound, the expert team at Palm Valley Women’s Care can help. Call your nearest office to book your ultrasound.