Ultrasound Specialist

Ultrasound evaluations play an important role in pregnancy, and they have many other applications as well. Located in the heart of Austin, Texas, Austin Area Ob-Gyn & Fertility uses the most advanced ultrasound technology and techniques to provide patients with the most accurate results and optimal care.

Ultrasound Q & A

Austin Area Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Fertility

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging exam that uses sound waves to create highly detailed images of organs and other soft tissues, as well as evaluate ongoing processes as they occur. Ultrasounds can produce both still images and videos that can be viewed in real time as well as being stored for evaluation in the future. Unlike x-rays and CT scans, ultrasounds do not use radiation so they're safe for use during pregnancy.

When are ultrasounds used in gynecology?

In addition to their use in monitoring fetal development during pregnancy, ultrasounds also can be used to:

  • assess the pelvic structure and the health of the placenta during pregnancy
  • diagnose causes of some symptoms including vaginal pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • look for tumors, cysts and fibroids
  • assess the structure and function of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • diagnose some types of incontinence
  • understand the causes of pelvic pain
  • monitor management of some conditions

How are ultrasounds performed?

In gynecology, ultrasounds may be performed in two ways: through the skin of the belly region or transvaginally, using a long wand-shaped device designed to be inserted into the vagina for better imaging of the internal structures. Prior to the test, the patient will need to remove her clothing from the waist down and don a gown or use a drape. During the exam, the patient lies on her back in a darkened room. In an abdominal ultrasound, a warm gel will be applied to the skin over the belly and a handheld device called a transducer will be pressed against the skin and passed over it. As the transducer moves across the skin, sound waves will be transmitted through the skin to the interior of the body where they will bounce off organs and other structures and send data back to the ultrasound machine. The machine will interpret the data and produce images on a special viewing monitor. In a transvaginal ultrasound, the transducer wand is lubricated and gently inserted into the vagina rather than being placed on top of the belly.

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Our Insurance Policy:

Austin Area OB/GYN accepts a wide variety of insurance plans including those listed to the right. Please contact your insurance company directly to find out if our providers are in-network with your plan. Please note our providers are in network with three of the new exchange plans: Ambetter Superior, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage, and Sendero Idealcare.

    Out of network providers:
    • Aetna Managed Care Open Access Plus (QHP)
    • Aetna Seton Alliance
    • Amerigroup
    • Any Seton plan for OB patients
    • Cigna Local Plus Exchange Plan
    • Humana HMOx Exchange Plan
    • Scott and White
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • Aetna TRS plans (call billing to get verification)
    • Texas Women's Health Program (Medicaid Plan)
    • BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO

Accountable Health Plans of America
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO/PPO
First Health
United Healthcare

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12200 Renfert Way, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: 512-504-7655
Fax: 512-450-1146
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Austin Area Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Fertility
12200 Renfert Way
Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78758