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Ultrasound refers to sound waves that are higher in pitch or frequency than the human ear can hear. These “sound” waves are transmitted, or sent, into the body via a probe and are reflected off structures within the body. The reflections return to the transducer, are converted into an image by a computer, and are displayed on a monitor.

We use our state-of-the-art gynecologic (GYN) ultrasound to evaluate the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding tissuess. Your provider may order this ultrasound for:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Heavy periods
  • Irregular cycles
  • Fibroids
  • Endometrial polyps
  • Uterine shape abnormalities
  • Family history of certain cancers
  • Infertility

GYN ultrasounds, also known as sonograms, are useful in helping us to detect potential problems. They can be performed in one of two ways:

  • Transvaginal: an ultrasound probe, a soft plastic device, is gently placed inside your vagina. This is the most common GYN ultrasound and it allows your sonographer to look closely at your anatomy. This type of ultrasound requires an empty bladder.
  • Transabdominal: an ultrasound probe is placed on top of your tummy and pelvis area. This type of GYN ultrasound is performed in very specific situations and requires a full bladder to help really see your anatomy. In most instances, we will also use transvaginal ultrasound.

Our ultrasound department is an American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) accredited facility. This means our practice has met accepted national standards and has shown consistent excellence in patient care when providing diagnostic ultrasounds. To become accredited, our staff has undergone rigorous and detailed testing and fulfilled the necessary requirements to become certified. State and Federal laws do not require accreditation; however, our practice is giving you piece of mind that we are qualified to perform your ultrasound examination.

Our sonographers are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). This ARDMS registration assures our patients that we have consistently met high professional standards for sonographers, as well as achieved exceptional competency in patient care and technical procedures. To achieve this our sonographers have passed the ARDMS examinations and have fulfilled continuing education requirements to increase their knowledge and skill level.

Sometimes your provider will request a sonohysterogram, also known as sonohysterography or “SIS”. We first perform a transvaginal ultrasound to evaluate your uterus and ovaries.

Based on this evaluation, your GYN specialist may wish to perform a SIS. In this ultrasound, we pass a small tube through your cervical canal and into the lining of your uterus. Saline, a water-type liquid, is passed through the tube while our team watches the ultrasound. Doing so gives us information about the health of the uterine lining.

A SIS is usually ordered to determine reasons for abnormal bleeding, heavy periods, uterine fibroids, polyps, or other conditions.

This procedure is performed at our clinics and patients tell us the pain is minimal.

Diagnostic ultrasound has been used for many years and there is little evidence suggesting that GYN ultrasounds are harmful when used properly. Our sonographers are registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and have advanced training and longtime experience in sonography.

If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to talk to your provider or talk to your ultrasound specialist.

GYN ultrasounds are performed at our Oakdale ObGyn clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, and Crystal.

Our sonography rooms feature state-of-the art technology and our sonographers are skilled at walking you step-by-step through the entire process. If you have questions at any point during your GYN ultrasound, please ask.

Depending on your medical history, our trained sonographers may either insert a probe into your vagina (transvaginal approach) or use a probe on top of your tummy (transabdominal). Images of your anatomy will appear on a monitor.

  • Is ultrasound safe? There are no known harmful effects with the medical use of ultrasound. The American Medical Association as well as the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine strongly discourages the use of ultrasound without a medical purpose.
  • Can I bring my family and/or friends to my GYN ultrasound exam? Yes, but please keep in mind that the ultrasound is a medical examination. The sonographer requires a quiet, respectful atmosphere in which to concentrate on performing the exam. Also, be advised that the ultrasound rooms are relatively small and are dimly lit.
About Ultrasound

GYN ultrasounds, also known as sonograms, are useful in helping us to detect potential problems. They can be performed in one of two ways:

  • Transvaginal: an ultrasound probe, a soft plastic device, is gently placed inside your vagina. This is the most common GYN ultrasound and it allows your sonographer to look closely at your anatomy. This type of ultrasound requires an empty bladder.
  • Transabdominal: an ultrasound probe is placed on top of your tummy and pelvis area. This type of GYN ultrasound is performed in very specific situations and requires a full bladder to help really see your anatomy. In most instances, we will also use transvaginal ultrasound.
Accredited Ultrasound Facility

Our ultrasound department is an American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) accredited facility. This means our practice has met accepted national standards and has shown consistent excellence in patient care when providing diagnostic ultrasounds. To become accredited, our staff has undergone rigorous and detailed testing and fulfilled the necessary requirements to become certified. State and Federal laws do not require accreditation; however, our practice is giving you piece of mind that we are qualified to perform your ultrasound examination.

Trained & Committed Sonographers

Our sonographers are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). This ARDMS registration assures our patients that we have consistently met high professional standards for sonographers, as well as achieved exceptional competency in patient care and technical procedures. To achieve this our sonographers have passed the ARDMS examinations and have fulfilled continuing education requirements to increase their knowledge and skill level.

Sonohysterogram (SIS)

Sometimes your provider will request a sonohysterogram, also known as sonohysterography or “SIS”. We first perform a transvaginal ultrasound to evaluate your uterus and ovaries.

Based on this evaluation, your GYN specialist may wish to perform a SIS. In this ultrasound, we pass a small tube through your cervical canal and into the lining of your uterus. Saline, a water-type liquid, is passed through the tube while our team watches the ultrasound. Doing so gives us information about the health of the uterine lining.

A SIS is usually ordered to determine reasons for abnormal bleeding, heavy periods, uterine fibroids, polyps, or other conditions.

This procedure is performed at our clinics and patients tell us the pain is minimal.

Understanding Risks

Diagnostic ultrasound has been used for many years and there is little evidence suggesting that GYN ultrasounds are harmful when used properly. Our sonographers are registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and have advanced training and longtime experience in sonography.

If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to talk to your provider or talk to your ultrasound specialist.

Where to Go for Your Ultrasound

GYN ultrasounds are performed at our Oakdale ObGyn clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, and Crystal.

What You Can Expect

Our sonography rooms feature state-of-the art technology and our sonographers are skilled at walking you step-by-step through the entire process. If you have questions at any point during your GYN ultrasound, please ask.

Depending on your medical history, our trained sonographers may either insert a probe into your vagina (transvaginal approach) or use a probe on top of your tummy (transabdominal). Images of your anatomy will appear on a monitor.

Questions to Ask Your Provider
  • Is ultrasound safe? There are no known harmful effects with the medical use of ultrasound. The American Medical Association as well as the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine strongly discourages the use of ultrasound without a medical purpose.
  • Can I bring my family and/or friends to my GYN ultrasound exam? Yes, but please keep in mind that the ultrasound is a medical examination. The sonographer requires a quiet, respectful atmosphere in which to concentrate on performing the exam. Also, be advised that the ultrasound rooms are relatively small and are dimly lit.

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