Types of Ultrasounds
- Standard Ultrasounds direct high-pitched sound waves toward the baby which bounces off tissues, organs, and bones in the mother’s body, including those of the baby in the uterus. This creates black and white images on a monitor.
- Advanced or Targeted Ultrasounds are used to further investigate a suspected abnormality identified by a standard ultrasound.
- Doppler Ultrasounds measure slight changes in the frequency of the ultrasound waves as they bounce off moving objects, such as blood cells.
- A Transvaginal Ultrasound is a type of pelvic ultrasound used by doctors to examine female reproductive organs. This includes the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and the vagina.
- An Abdominal Ultrasound is used to help your doctor visualize the organs and structures inside the abdomen. It is used to help diagnose pain or distention and evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and abdominal aorta.