This advanced method enables the visualization of your body tissue on a monitor for your healthcare provider’s examination.

Ultrasounds serve various functions. At Alliance Women’s Medical Group, we frequently utilize ultrasound to ascertain the gestational age of a pregnancy (“dating”). However, it’s also effective for assessing symptoms like abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, pelvic discomfort, and others. Our qualified physicians and nurse practitioners can conduct basic ultrasound assessments in our office. However, for more comprehensive or intricate evaluations, we might recommend consulting a radiologist for advanced imaging. Ultrasounds are conducted either abdominally (where the transducer is placed on your abdomen) or vaginally (with a sanitized, covered transducer inserted into the vaginal canal).

Your healthcare provider at Alliance Women’s Medical Group will determine whether an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound is more suitable for your specific needs and will explain the chosen method before the examination. During the ultrasound, you’ll be positioned in a room on an exam table and asked to lie flat on your back. For an abdominal ultrasound, you will need to raise your shirt to reveal your abdomen, and the provider will apply a warmed gel on your skin to enhance the transmission of images to the screen, ensuring you don’t experience a cold sensation. The provider might press gently to get a clearer view, but this is generally painless and shouldn’t cause discomfort. If a vaginal ultrasound is required, you’ll be asked to empty your bladder and remove clothing from the waist down, using a drape for privacy. You will lie on the exam table with a small wedge under your hips to tilt your pelvis. The vaginal transducer, sheathed in a latex cover (inform your provider of any latex allergies), will have gel on the tip. Your provider will notify you about the initial coolness of the gel and the pressure as the transducer is inserted into the vaginal canal. You might feel some pelvic pressure as the transducer is adjusted to capture the necessary images.

You can ask to see the ultrasound images either during the procedure or afterward. At Alliance Women’s Medical Group, we are mindful of those who may prefer not to view the screen, particularly if the visit involves a pregnancy termination, and initially position the monitor out of sight. However, if you wish to view the images, please let us know, and we will gladly go through them with you.