For most moms-to-be, the ultrasound appointment is a highlight of early pregnancy. The ultrasound gives both parents a chance to get a peek inside the womb, maybe even determining the baby's gender. Yet sonography does much more than that. Randall J. Burt, MD, a leading OB/GYN in Plano, Texas, uses sonography to gather critical information about babies in the womb. Committed to providing his patients with the latest technology, Dr. Burt offers superior imaging equipment available in-house.
A sonogram, also known as an ultrasound, uses sound waves sent through a transducer to gather images of the structures within and around the uterus. Because it involves no radiation, a sonogram is a safe way to take pictures and even video of a developing baby. It can also be used to diagnose and monitor non-pregnancy conditions, especially those involving the reproductive organs.
Sonography provides a view of the baby developing inside the uterus. It’s an important tool in assessing the baby’s development. For women with high-risk pregnancies or babies with genetic conditions or other complications, the test allows Dr. Burt a chance to detect and diagnose potential problems. It's also used for guidance of the needle during amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. At his clinic, Dr. Burt can perform trans-vaginal, trans-abdominal, and 3D ultrasounds for the best possible diagnostic capabilities.
Ultrasounds have many non-pregnancy purposes in gynecology. They can be used to help:
Each pregnancy is unique, but most women have a minimum of one standard ultrasound exam performed between 18 and 22 weeks gestation. Many also have an early sonogram to measure the baby's growth and estimate a due date. Other reasons that you might have additional ultrasounds include:
Because Dr. Burt can perform ultrasounds in-house, you get these important images and tests done conveniently at the practice. This gives you the benefit of getting results right away should you have any complications.