Femme Next Generation Women's Care

OBGYNs & Urgent Care located in Thousand Oaks, CA

Gynecological ultrasound is an invaluable, noninvasive screening tool that helps identify problems in pelvic organs or examine a developing fetus. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, California, has technicians with the training to provide ultrasounds, so you don’t need a referral to a radiologist. If you have symptoms that require further investigation through ultrasound, the procedure is available on the same day as your appointment. To take advantage of the expert ultrasound services available, book an appointment online, or call today. You can also walk-in for urgent care.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a noninvasive medical tool that allows doctors to see what’s going on inside your body. The procedure uses no radiation, so it’s safe for a growing baby as well as your internal organs.

During an ultrasound, a transducer wand glides over the abdomen and pelvic area. Some ultrasounds use a sterile probe inserted into your vagina to get a better view of your uterus. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves into the body that then bounce back when they hit an object. A computer collects the returning sound waves to create an image.

What does a pregnancy ultrasound do?

Women who are pregnant undergo ultrasounds to check their baby’s growth, gender, and any possible health concerns. An ultrasound also gives their doctor a view of the ovaries, amniotic sac, and placenta – irregularities in which could influence the course of pregnancy. If you’re afraid about the viability of your pregnancy and have come in with symptoms of a miscarriage, ultrasound can provide valuable information. 

An ultrasound usually takes place at 20 weeks, when determining the gender of the baby is possible. Earlier ultrasounds may check the baby’s gestational age or look for multiples. Later in pregnancy, ultrasound helps a doctor know the baby’s position, the state of the placenta, and the baby’s likely weight.

What types of gynecological issues require an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds have a lot of applications to your gynecological health outside of pregnancy. Pelvic ultrasounds can evaluate the health of your:

  • Uterus
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Bladder
  • Cervix
  • Ovaries

The area examined during an ultrasound depends on your symptoms and the suspected cause. An ultrasound can look for cysts on the ovaries, fibroids, or other abnormalities in reproductive organs.

What symptoms indicate the need for a gynecological ultrasound?

Your provider at Femme Next Generation Women’s Care might order an ultrasound to help diagnose pelvic pain. You may also need an ultrasound in the following cases.

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Suspected ovarian or uterine cancer
  • Examination of the endometrium, or uterine lining
  • Irregular menstrual cycle

If a cyst or mass is detected during a pelvic exam, an ultrasound offers a further evaluation to determine its origins, exact location, and nature.

If you need expert ultrasound screening, call Femme Next Generation Women’s Care or schedule online today. You can also walk-in without an appointment.