Ultrasound technology has been used in diagnostic medical imaging for decades. During that time, it has proven especially helpful for pregnancy, allowing you and your OBGYN to see your baby, and make sure that it is developing in a healthy fashion. Here at Dr. Gabriel Guajardo's OB/GYN practice in Brownsville, TX, we offer a wide range of gynecological and obstetric services, including ultrasound services, to help you and your baby—read on to learn more!
How does ultrasound technology work?
Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of your baby, your reproductive organs, and other tissues.
How is an ultrasound performed?
An ultrasound is typically performed in a doctors office. A water-based gel is applied to your abdominal area to help conduct the sound waves. A wand, known as a transducer, is then moved across your abdominal area, causing images to appear on a computer screen. An ultrasound can also be performed intra-vaginally, during which a smaller transducer is inserted into your vaginal canal.
What can a prenatal ultrasound detect?
A prenatal ultrasound is recommended in order to track your baby’s growth and development. The ultrasound allows examination of important organs and tissues while your baby is still in the womb. The procedure is a vital diagnostic tool to determine if your baby has any medical problems which can be treated before birth.
What can be seen on an ultrasound image?
Ultrasound images are rendered in black and white and can help determine your baby’s gestational age, size, and in many cases, sex. An ultrasound is also useful in monitoring your baby’s heartbeat and other bodily functions throughout the pregnancy.
Need care during your pregnancy? Give us a call
To find out more about how a prenatal ultrasound can help you and your baby, call Dr. Gabriel Guajardo in Brownsville, TX, today at (956) 350-4821.