4 Common Ultrasound Tests

Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the interior body. Ultrasounds are often used in obstetrics and gynecology, but there are many other types of ultrasound exams that doctors use for different reasons. If you need medical ultrasound services, schedule an appointment with West Coast HealthCare in Nevada today!

This blog post will cover 4 common ultrasound tests:


Transvaginal Ultrasound

Transvaginal ultrasounds are often used in obstetrics to examine a woman's uterus. Benefits of a transvaginal ultrasound over an external ultrasound include being able to see the fetus more clearly, using smaller instruments on women who have experienced vaginal bleeding or miscarriages in the past, and sometimes even measuring amniotic fluid levels. In some cases, you may be required to get a pregnancy test before having this type of ultrasound done so consult with your doctor or one of our medical staff.


Abdominal Ultrasound

An ultrasound of a person's abdomen is sometimes used to check on the gallbladder, liver, or kidneys. This type of ultrasound can also help doctors diagnose stomach problems such as ulcers and tumors. Abdominal ultrasounds are often done in conjunction with other types of diagnostic imaging tests, like CT scans or MRIs. Benefits of an abdominal ultrasound include being a safer alternative to other types of imaging tests, as ultrasound waves do not expose the patient to any radiation.


Pelvic Ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound is typically done to check on a person's reproductive organs, such as the uterus and ovaries. Pelvic ultrasounds can help diagnose many problems in this area of the body including uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. This type of ultrasound exam also helps doctors monitor any changes that may be happening with cancerous tumors. Benefits of a pelvic ultrasound include it being painless and not requiring any type of injection, as well as the fact that there are no side effects or radiation exposure.


Fetal Echo Exam

A fetal echo ultrasound is most often done to check on the baby's heart. This ultrasound type can help diagnose any problems with the heart before birth, or if there are less obvious symptoms that doctors want to monitor more closely after birth. One of the main benefits of a prenatal ultrasound exam is being able to hear your baby's heartbeat. Benefits of a fetal ultrasound exam include it being one of the safest prenatal ultrasound exams and not exposing you or your baby to any radiation.

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