Seeing a baby on the screen while a woman is pregnant is a magical time, but Dr. Kikelomo Otuyelu-Garritano, MD, of HER Wellness Health Center may perform ultrasounds for other reasons. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano by using the online form or calling 203-665-0900, and she may use an ultrasound during your appointment.
An ultrasound is a medical test that uses sound wave. An ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure that displays specific body parts without requiring surgical intervention. It allows the doctor to have a look without causing pain or discomfort. The ultrasound provides an image in real time of the inside of your body, including of your tissue, vessels, and organs. With this type of imaging, you don’t receive any radiation, unlike with X-rays.
When Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano performs a pelvic ultrasound, she may use this imaging to view one or more of the following:
Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano may use ultrasounds to view the structure of your uterus or ovaries.,
Once you become pregnant, she performs regular ultrasounds to evaluate the size and development of your unborn baby.
When you’re having your ultrasound, Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano may put gel on your stomach to reduce friction. Then, she uses a device known as a transducer to transmit sound waves that bounce off of your organs and tissue. Once these sound waves echo back, they generate an image on a computer screen that Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano uses to interpret. The waves that are bounced back are then transformed into images of the interior organs. During pregnancy, the ultrasound show the baby as well.
Typically, there is no preparation needed for an ultrasound. Once in the office, Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano will walk the patient through next steps and perform the ultrasound. Through the readings on the screen, Dr. Otuyelu-Garritano is able to monitor the baby on a computer screen. This procedure does not typically take long.
Having an ultrasound doesn’t have any risks, nor do you experience any side effects.