Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

In women’s health care, ultrasounds are a true innovation that can be used for a number of purposes, from placing IUDs to evaluating the health of your baby during pregnancy. At Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, the empathic OB/GYNs offer various gynecologic and obstetric ultrasounds that are highly accurate and efficient. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a medical imaging method that works by using sound vibrations with an ultrasonic frequency. Ultrasounds are effectively used for diagnostic testing. 

Your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider performs most ultrasound exams outside of your body using a sonar device. 

With some exams, such as a transvaginal ultrasound, your provider inserts a device in your body. A transvaginal ultrasound is a pelvic ultrasound used to evaluate a woman’s reproductive organs.

Why is an ultrasound performed?

In women’s health care, an ultrasound might be performed for various reasons, such as to:

  • View the uterus and ovaries of a pregnant woman to assess the fetus
  • Look for possible causes of pelvic pain or other menstrual problems
  • Locate or confirm the placement of an IUD
  • Diagnose causes of infertility and monitor infertility treatments
  • Diagnose certain cancers and diseases
  • Identify cell abnormalities
  • Examine blood vessels and blood flow
  • Assist with a treatment
  • Assess breast lumps or mammography findings that are unclear
  • Help guide breast biopsy procedures

An ultrasound can also reveal your baby’s gender during your pregnancy. A dating ultrasound is performed early in pregnancy, before 12 weeks, typically to check how many weeks pregnant you are and to calculate your estimated due date.

How does an ultrasound work?

An ultrasound exam involves a transducer that transmits high-frequency sound waves through your body. The sound waves come into contact with your body fluids, bones, and tissues, and bounce back like echoes. The transducer receives the echoes and transforms them into images on a screen that your provider views in real time.

The specifics of a pelvic ultrasound vary. Your ultrasound specialist either places the transducer in your vagina or moves the transducer across your abdomen.

Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, uses sophisticated and advanced imaging equipment and technology for optimal safety, convenience, and accuracy.

How does an ultrasound help with high-risk pregnancies?

Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provides individualized care and testing for more complex and higher-risk pregnancies. With specialized ultrasounds, the focus is on your baby’s anatomy to look for any irregularities and assess your baby’s growth and environment.

Specific ultrasounds allow your provider to look more closely at your baby’s heart, face, spine, kidneys, arms, gender, and more. 

If you’d like to schedule a consultation or an ultrasound, visit the friendly OB/GYNs at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC. Call or schedule using the online booking system today.