Ultrasound, also referred to as sonography, is a non-invasive imaging method that uses sound waves to create images of structures within your body. As an expecting mother, an ultrasound can provide valuable information for your provider – helping them monitor the health of your baby or find the root of your symptoms.
Sonographers are specially trained medical professionals who follow strict protocols to capture the best image possible, ensuring your provider has the information they’ll need to need to identify and treat any related medical conditions.
An obstetric ultrasound is used to monitor the health of your baby while still in the womb, as well as the health of your uterus and ovaries.
Your provider may recommend a transvaginal ultrasound in which a lubricated, tubular probe is gently inserted into the vagina; or a transabdominal ultrasound where your sonographer will move a transducer over the top of your belly.