Ultrasound Specialist

Women's Wellness & Healthcare Clinic

Ricardo Castillon, MD

OB/GYN located in Laredo, TX

Ultrasounds aren’t just for pregnancy evaluation. They can also help diagnose issues with your pelvic organs or evaluate your infertility. Ricardo Castillon, MD, and the team at Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic in Laredo, Texas, offer ultrasounds right in their office. If you’re pregnant and looking for an advanced 3D/4D ultrasound to get the perfect picture of your baby, or if you’re experiencing symptoms that suggest you need an internal evaluation, call the office or book online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

A gynecologic ultrasound is an imaging test that provides a view of the organs in your pelvis, including the:

  • Uterus
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Ovaries
  • Vagina
  • Bladder
  • Cervix

Gynecological ultrasounds may be conducted externally, with a transducer gliding across your abdomen and lower pelvis, or vaginally, to get a better view of your uterus.

During an ultrasound, sound waves bounce off your organs and any structures within to transmit images to a computer to be evaluated. Ultrasounds are a routine part of prenatal care.

Do ultrasound screenings hurt?

Ultrasounds aren’t painful at all. You may feel a little uncomfortable during a vaginal ultrasound as the sterile wand is inserted into the vagina.

You cannot feel, see, or hear sound waves emitted during an ultrasound because they move at a rapid rate. No radiation is emitted during an ultrasound either, so it’s completely safe for your developing baby and for your internal organs.

Why would I need an ultrasound?

During pregnancy, you undergo at least two ultrasounds: one to confirm your due date and another to check that your baby’s anatomy is on track for growth. High-risk pregnancies may require more frequent ultrasounds to check the baby and your reproductive organs. You may also undergo a 3D/4D ultrasound to get a defined picture of your growing baby to take home to show your friends and family.

You may also need an ultrasound to evaluate your reproductive organs if you have symptoms such as abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, or if you’re having trouble getting pregnant.

If you present with symptoms that suggest fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease, an ultrasound may be in order. The team at Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic may also use it to check the presence and position of an IUD or to monitor the size of ovarian follicles during infertility treatment. A pelvic ultrasound can also be used to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, in which pregnancy occurs outside of the uterus.

For your convenience, ultrasounds are offered right in Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic. If you’re in need of this helpful diagnostic exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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