Ultrasounds

Jersey Women's Care Center

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Fair Lawn, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Ultrasound technology has advanced by leaps and bounds and is used for an array of purposes in the medical world. Dr. Elizabeth Ramirez and Dr. Huiying Hou provide various gynecological and obstetrical ultrasound procedures, including maternal-fetal medicine ultrasounds, at the Jersey Women’s Care Center with two locations in Fair Lawn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Ultrasounds are highly effective and can provide invaluable insight into the inner structures of your body or your baby’s development. From prenatal care to preventive care, Jersey Women’s Care Center is here to help. Call the friendly office staff or click to book your appointment online.

Ultrasounds Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a type of medical imaging that involves the use of sound vibrations with an ultrasonic frequency. Ultrasounds are often used for diagnostic testing and can also be referred to as a sonogram or a diagnostic medical sonogram.

Most ultrasound exams are performed outside of your body with a sonar device. Some exams involve placing a device in your body. One such exam is a transvaginal ultrasound — a pelvic ultrasound to evaluate a woman’s reproductive organs.

Why might I need an ultrasound?

In the fields of women’s health care, gynecology, and obstetrics, an ultrasound might be performed for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Diagnose certain cancers and diseases and check for cell abnormalities
  • Examine blood vessels and blood flow
  • Assist with a treatment
  • View the uterus and ovaries of a woman during pregnancy to assess the fetus
  • Look for possible causes of pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, or other menstrual problems
  • Locate an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Diagnose causes of infertility and monitor infertility treatments
  • Assess mammography findings that aren’t clear, help guide breast biopsy procedures, and assess breast lumps

An ultrasound can reveal your baby’s gender during pregnancy if you’d like to know.

How does an ultrasound work?

During your ultrasound exam, a transducer sends high-frequency sound waves through your body. The sound waves come into contact with body fluids, tissues, and bones, and bounce back like echoes. The transducer receives the echoes and turns them into images that can be viewed by you and your doctor as pictures on a screen in real time.

During your pelvic ultrasound, the ultrasound specialist either moves the transducer across your abdomen or places the transducer in your vagina, depending on the type of ultrasound.

What is a maternal-fetal medicine ultrasound?

Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists have undergone extra training and have extensive experience in the personalized and attentive care of more complex and higher risk pregnancies.

There are different types of maternal-fetal medicine ultrasounds. Most involve looking more closely at your baby’s heart, face, stomach, spine, brain, kidneys, arms, legs, bladder, hands, gender, feet, and umbilical cord. Ultrasounds can also be used to examine your baby’s liver, adrenal glands, spleen, lungs, intestines, and blood flow.

Specialized ultrasounds involve a higher level of detail and attention focused on the baby’s anatomy to check for any irregularities while also assessing the baby’s growth and environment.

Jersey Women’s Care Center utilizes the latest sophisticated imaging equipment and technology to give you heightened accuracy, safety, and convenience. Learn more about ultrasounds and call the office or click to book here on the web.