The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology offers their patients the convenience of receiving all their ultrasound screening and diagnostic testing in the office, thanks to in-house ultrasound services staffed by fully licensed and highly experienced sonographers. In-house ultrasonography is available at each office, which includes Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. They also offer evening, weekend, and Saturday ultrasound appointments, so call or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the structures in your body. A device called a transducer sends the sound waves into your body, where they bounce off organs and tissues then return to the transducer and are converted into highly detailed images.
All of our sonographers have attended accredited schools for diagnostic medical sonography and are registered by the ARDMS. Our sonographers have many years of experience in OB and GYN ultrasound. Our practice maintains ultrasound accreditation through the AIUM.
There are two types of ultrasound approaches used at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology:
· Transabdominal Ultrasound: This technique may be used for both pregnant and non-pregnant women. The sonographer will apply ultrasound gel to your abdomen to help the sound waves travel through your skin. Then the sonographer will move the transducer over your skin to obtain images of your baby and/or pelvic organs. For a gynecological (non-pregnant) ultrasound you may be given instructions to fill your bladder for this part of the ultrasound exam. If you are pregnant you do not need to fill your bladder for your ultrasounds.
· Transvaginal Ultrasound: Transvaginal ultrasound uses a narrow transducer that’s placed inside your vagina and may be used for both pregnant and non-pregnant women. It provides more detailed images because the ultrasound camera is closer to your internal structures (uterus and ovaries). Because this scan provides more detail we can see smaller embryos (babies) better using this approach, so if you are in the first trimester of your pregnancy (less than 11-12 weeks) this is the preferred method to evaluate your baby. Your bladder should be empty for this exam.
Your clinician at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend an ultrasound at any time during your pregnancy to evaluate the health of your developing baby and identify any potential problems.
Parents and families look forward to their ultrasounds because it allows them to see their baby. You may have an ultrasound during the first trimester of your pregnancy to confirm your due date. The Anatomy Scan should be scheduled between 20 and 21 weeks. This medical scan will provide detailed information to evaluate the health of your baby. If you wish to find out the baby’s gender, it may be learned during this ultrasound (with baby’s cooperation of course!).
At May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology, patients will be given photos of baby to take home. 3D ultrasound may be performed if the baby is in a good position. Videotaping and photography are not permitted during your ultrasounds and we ask that all cell phones be turned off during your ultrasound appointment. Up to two adults may accompany you to your ultrasound. Children may view the ultrasound at the end of the exam, and should be accompanied by an adult in our waiting room until the sonographer brings them back.
Ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool for the team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology. Diagnostic transvaginal ultrasound is used to determine the cause of symptoms like pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding that could arise from numerous conditions.
These are a few examples of gynecological conditions evaluated using ultrasound:
· Ovarian cysts
· Uterine fibroids
· Pelvic inflammatory disease
· Ectopic pregnancy
When you need a prenatal or diagnostic ultrasound, you can count on the superior quality and convenience of in-office ultrasound at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology.