Ultrasound Specialist

Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Allentown, PA

Ultrasound imaging is a highly flexible technology for pregnancy and gynecological concerns. With the on-site ultrasounds at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania, you can get the information you need to plan and make informed decisions about your health. Same-day ultrasounds are often available, so book your appointment using the online tool or by calling the office today.

Ultrasound Q & A

How does an ultrasound work?

During your ultrasound, you lie on the exam table in a comfortable position, just as with a regular pelvic exam.

Transabdominal ultrasound

Your Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology care provider usually performs transabdominal ultrasounds during your second and third trimesters of pregnancy. She applies a gel to your abdomen and then moves the ultrasound probe gently over your skin. The sound waves create an image of your baby to help your OB/GYN track changes and growth.

Transvaginal ultrasound

In a transvaginal ultrasound, your Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology care provider gently inserts an ultrasound wand into your vaginal canal. The sound waves generate images of your reproductive organs and surrounding structures for your OB/GYN to examine.

Ultrasounds are quick and painless. Often, same-day ultrasounds are available at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology for your convenience.

When is ultrasound used for gynecological concerns?

Your Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology OB/GYN might use ultrasound imaging as a diagnostic tool. Ultrasounds allow your care provider to see the inner workings of your reproductive system including your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix, in detail.

If you're having problems such as pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, infertility, or abnormal menstrual bleeding, your OB/GYN may use an ultrasound to make a diagnosis. Sometimes, ultrasound is also part of treatment for gynecological problems.

When is ultrasound used during pregnancy?

There are many reasons that you may need ultrasounds during pregnancy, including:

First trimester

You’ll have an ultrasound at around eight weeks gestation to establish your due date, verify baby’s heartbeat, and check for multiples. First trimester ultrasounds can also check for tubal pregnancy or miscarriage. The nuchal translucency ultrasound is an optional first trimester screening for birth defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and cardiovascular problems.

Second trimester 

Your second trimester ultrasound includes your anatomy assessment at around 18-22 weeks. This ultrasound also monitors growth.

Third trimester

You may need ultrasounds during your third trimester to check your amniotic fluid index, check placenta position, or simply to monitor the baby closely in a high-risk pregnancy.

Your Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology OB/GYN is dedicated to helping you through all stages of life, and ultrasounds can be an important part of that care. Click the online scheduler or call the office for your appointment now.