New ultrasound equipment at the Woman’s Clinic is helping its physicians diagnose uterine, ovarian and other gynecological problems with their patients.
“The high-definition, high-resolution ultrasound dramatically improves the clarity of the image and gives us 3D and 4D views of the uterus and other organs,” says Dr. David Soll, a physician at the clinic.
Woman’s Clinic physicians can use the ultrasound to help diagnose such conditions as uterine fibroids, endometric masses and ovarian masses, he said. While doing a sonohystogram (a detailed look inside the uterus), for example, the physician can inject a fluid into the lining of the uterus to get an additional view of polyps and fibroids.
Besides providing a better diagnostic image, the new equipment captures that image much quicker, saving time.
“It really improves the quality of the care we can provide,” Dr. Soll says.
The clinic continues to use 2D ultrasounds to check on fetal development and to help diagnosis problems with a woman’s pregnancy. Women, who want a more realistic view of their baby’s development, however, can ask for a 3D ultrasound with the new equipment. The baby’s image is startling clear, adding an excitement to the upcoming birth.
The image is so clear, says ultrasound sonographer Stephanie Meadows, that the couple starts discussing who the baby looks like.
Ultrasounds have been an important tool in evaluating fetal development, says Dr. Soll.
- The first ultrasound in a woman’s pregnancy usually is done at six to eight weeks, when she typically comes in for her first prenatal appointment. The ultrasound can confirm the number of babies in the uterus and help with the estimation of a due date.
- The second ultrasound in a normal pregnancy usually is done around 19-21 weeks to provide a better fetal assessment. The baby is checked head to toe as the ultrasound screens for any abnormalities.
Women who want the excitement of seeing the more realistic, 3D ultrasound can opt to do that at some point in their pregnancy after the fetal assessment.
- Women encountering problems with their pregnancy will have more diagnostic ultrasounds, depending on their condition.
“The new high-resolution ultrasound equipment is an important addition at the clinic,” says Dr. Soll, who is board-certified in both family practice and obstetrics/gynecology. “It’s another tool we can use to provide quality patient care.”