Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York, NY

Ultrasounds services offered in Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York, NY

Ultrasound is an innovative diagnostic testing and medical imaging method used for placing IUDs, examining symptoms and gynecologic problems, and more. At the office of Jeffrey Yu, MD PC, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the skilled medical team provides gynecologic ultrasound to protect and improve your general health and wellness. If you’d like to learn more about ultrasound, call the New York City office or request a consultation online today.

Ultrasounds Q&A

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound refers to a medical imaging method that works by using sound vibrations with an ultrasonic frequency. Ultrasounds might also be called diagnostic medical sonography or sonography.

Ultrasounds are common for diagnostic gynecological testing. At the office of Jeffrey Yu, MD PC, your provider performs ultrasound exams using a sonar device. With gynecology, ultrasound can be performed abdominally or transvaginally, where your provider places the ultrasound device in your body. Both types of ultrasound can assess a woman’s reproductive organs.

Why is an ultrasound performed?

Dr. Yu might suggest an ultrasound for several reasons, such as to:

  • Check for possible causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, or other menstrual problems
  • Identify cell abnormalities
  • Examine blood flow and blood vessels
  • Assist with a treatment
  • Examine breast lumps and assess mammography findings that aren’t clear
  • Confirm or locate the placement of an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Diagnose causes of infertility
  • Diagnose certain diseases and cancers
  • Help guide breast biopsy procedures

You might also need an ultrasound to evaluate a mass, such as an ovarian cyst or fibroids.

How does an ultrasound work?

With an ultrasound exam, a special transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves through your body. The sound waves come into contact with your bones, tissues, and body fluids, and bounce back like echoes. The transducer receives the echoes and uses the echoes to create images on a screen that your provider views in real-time.

The specifics of a pelvic ultrasound vary, depending on the type you require.

Abdominal ultrasound

With an abdominal ultrasound, Dr. Yu or an ultrasound specialist applies a special water-based gel to your abdomen to prevent air pockets from interfering with sound waves. They place the handheld transducer device on your skin and move it over your stomach.

Transvaginal ultrasound

With a transvaginal ultrasound, the process is similar to a pelvic exam where you lie on your back with your feet in stirrups. Your provider gently inserts a slim transducer into your vagina, and the transducer sends images to the screen.

The office of Jeffrey Yu, MD PC, offers highly individualized care and advanced testing to give you the best possible results. Sophisticated imaging equipment and technology provide you with optimal convenience, safety, and accuracy.

If you’d like to schedule an ultrasound or a consultation, visit the friendly professionals at the office of Jeffrey Yu, MD PC. Call the office or request an appointment online today.