Ultrasound Colorado Springs is your best bet for internal imaging while you’re pregnant. It’s likely that you’re already familiar with their use for checking on the health of an unborn baby. But that’s not all that we use them for- ultrasounds are incredibly useful imaging equipment.
If you would like to know more about ultrasounds, and your options when it comes to internal imaging, read on!
How Do Ultrasound Colorado Springs Work?
Ultrasounds, much like the name suggests, produce images using sound waves. You will surely have heard that bats use ‘echolocation’ to fly, since they’re practically blind. Ultrasound scans (which you might also know as ‘sonography’) are made using this same principle. The scanner uses exceptionally high frequency sound waves, and then picks up on them as they bounce back using a device called a transducer.
While bats use their brains to interpret the high frequency sound waves they hear, radiologists (unfortunately) cannot do the same! Instead, the transducer collects the sounds and sends them to a computer, which can interpret them and create an image. The computer reproduces these images in real time, so that you can see your unborn baby (or whatever else you would like to see that’s inside you). Ultrasound scans are also used to diagnose a variety of conditions, which is a point we will return to later.
Since they use sound waves, ultrasound scanners do not rely on radiation like X-Rays. This makes them exceptionally safe, especially when used to produce images of unborn babies. Ultrasound scans are normally completely non-invasive, except when internal or transvaginal scans are necessary.
Do I Need To Prepare For Ultrasound Colorado Springs?
Before you go for an ultrasound scan, there are just a few things that you need to do. There’s no need for you to worry; you won’t have to do anything major. Here are the two simple steps you have to take:
- Make sure that you drink plenty of water before your scan. You may have to drink a pint of water, but you don’t have to drink it all at once. This will help the images show up more clearly. And, of course, you’ll have to wait to go to the toilet until after your scan.
- Avoid eating too much food prior to the scan. If possible, avoid eating altogether for the few hours before your scan takes place. Again, this will make the images easier to see.
Aside from making sure you drink plenty of fluids, and making sure you don’t eat too much, there’s nothing else you have to do. Going through an ultrasound scan is a simple process: you won’t need anesthetics, and it hardly takes any time. So what happens during an ultrasound scan?
What Happens During An Ultrasound Colorado Springs?
Ultrasound scans typically take place in the radiography wing of your local hospital or clinic. Since ultrasound scans are completely painless, your scan won’t begin with you being sedated. Instead, you will have a brief chat with the attending physician: either a radiologist or ‘sonographer’. They will be happy to answer any questions that you might have about the process before it begins.
If your ultrasound is a simple external scan- as most of them are- you will have a thick, clear gel rubbed onto your stomach. This is a crucial part of the process, since it allows the transducer to properly send sound waves into your body. The gel may be a little cold, but it’s painless.
Your scan can last as little as ten minutes, depending on what the sonographer is looking for. A more complex scan may take longer. Timescales up to about three quarters of an hour are common. But that very much depends on the kind of ultrasound you need. External ultrasounds are typically the simplest and quickest.
Are There Different Kinds Of Ultrasound Colorado Springs?
If you thought that the kind of ultrasound you have when you’re pregnant is the only kind, you’d be wrong. There are three different kinds of ultrasound scan.
1) External Ultrasound Scans
External ultrasound scans are the kind you are already familiar with. Here, the sonographer applies gel to your stomach and runs the transducer across your body externally. This kind of ultrasound is used mostly for checking the health of unborn babies. But it can also be useful for checking the health of your internal organs, especially those in your abdomen: the liver, the kidneys, the stomach and intestines.
2) Internal/Transvaginal Ultrasound Scans
Internal or transvaginal ultrasound scans are an internal version of the ultrasound scan. Your attending physician will use a small probe, no bigger than a finger, which can examine the inside of your body. As you may have guessed, ‘transvaginal’ literally means ‘through the vagina’; the probe is passed either through the vagina or the rectum, in order to examine the prostate or the health of your reproductive system. This method does not usually cause any pain, since the probe is small, smooth and sterile. It passes information to a computer in the same way as other forms of ultrasound.
3) Endoscopic Ultrasound Scans
An endoscopic ultrasound scan is similar to a transvaginal internal scan. The only difference is that the ultrasound scanner is attached to an endoscope, which is inserted into the body. Attaching the scanner to an endoscope in this way allows your attending physician to see directly into the esophagus and stomach to identify and diagnose any problems in that area. In order to undergo a scan of this nature, you will need to be sedated.