A black couple holding a sonogram picture of a baby

Sonography, sometimes called ultrasonography, is a diagnostic medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce visual images, or a sonogram.

The use of sonography in medicine allows your physician to see inside your body to confirm early pregnancy, assess the health of your reproductive organs, and track the growth of your baby. Sonography is also used in other medical disciplines besides OB/GYN to detect health conditions or to make a diagnosis.

Not sure if you’re pregnant yet? Within two weeks of a missed period, the power of sonography can provide you with an answer. At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, a 3D ultrasound is an excellent method to image your uterus, detect pregnancy, and even diagnose potential health problems in your reproductive organs. 

Sonography FAQs

For most ultrasound exams, you will lie face-up on an exam table. Ultrasound imaging (also called sonography) uses a small probe called a transducer and gel placed directly on the skin. The transducer is placed on the body and moved back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. High-frequency sound waves travel from the probe through the gel into the body.

At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, women can access a wide range of sonography services. Depending on your needs, your physician can use a sonogram for:

Early Pregnancy Ultrasounds

If you’re in the first, second, or third trimester of your pregnancy—or if you want to confirm an early pregnancy—a sonogram is the most accurate method for detection. The scan helps you identify your specific date of conception and your eventual due date.

Second and third-trimester fetal anatomy scans help your physician determine if your baby is developing normally. You can also get a nuchal translucency ultrasound, which is performed around the 12th week of pregnancy. This scan helps to diagnose chromosomal conditions such as Down Syndrome.

3D Ultrasounds

A 3D ultrasound is an excellent way to image your uterus to see a clear picture of your baby’s face and body. The optimal time for 3D pictures is between 28 and 30 weeks of pregnancy.

You can also take home the images and a DVD of the scan–known as a 4D ultrasound–so you can share them with family and friends.

A 3D ultrasound can also help to diagnose uterine anomalies, such as a septate or bicornuate uterus.

Gender Detection

Within 14-15 weeks of pregnancy, it’s usually possible to determine the gender of your baby with an ultrasound. Your physician can perform this scan the same day as a normal visit.

At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, there is an on-site ultrasound technician who is an expert in all obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound services. Your physician then has the chance to review the ultrasound images and talk with you about the results.

As a fast and accurate process, sonography can provide you with the answers you need to make the best decisions about your reproductive health and to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy.

Contact Us

With Women’s Health Specialists offices in Rockwall and North Dallas, Texas, you’ll find a welcoming, supportive staff to care for all of your OB/GYN needs. Call us today at (214) 363-4421 to schedule an appointment.