Gynecological Ultrasound

Samuel M. Alexander, MD

OB-GYN located in Metairie, LA

Dr. Alexander provides gynecological ultrasound testing to confirm diagnoses and effective treatments as well as to monitor fetal health and development from his office in Metaine, Louisiana.

Gynecological Ultrasound

What does an ultrasound show?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of the body including organs, tissues, and, in pregnant women, a developing fetus. It helps the doctor to diagnose any issues as well as monitor the development of the fetus. Modern ultrasounds can provide detailed 3D and 4D images, and many parents use these to discover the sex of their child. Ultrasounds can also be used to:

  • Check the fetal heartbeat, gestational age, abnormalities or defects, and multiple pregnancies.
  • Examine placenta, uterus, ovaries and cervix
  • Diagnose an Ectopic pregnancy
  • Monitor the fetus growth and position
  • Monitor levels of amniotic fluids
  • Determine if the fetus is getting enough oxygen
  • Find the source of pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding
  • Looking for signs of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Checking the size, shape and condition of ovaries, uterus, or abnormal growths in vaginal cavity
  • Finding the cause of blood in the urine or other urinary problems
  • Checking the size of the bladder before and after urination
  • Checking for growths in the pelvis
  • Guiding a needle during a biopsy or while draining fluid from a cyst or abscess
  • Checking for colorectal cancer

How Is an ultrasound performed?

The ultrasound technician begins by spreading a gel on the patient’s abdomen which helps to conduct the sound waves. The technician, or sometimes the doctor will rub the transducer wand across the abdomen to produce the sound waves and transmit them into the uterus. The sound waves bounce off bones and tissue inside the body, which is recorded by the transducer and generates black and white images of the uterus and inside of the body.

What should I expect during an ultrasound?

You should wear loose and comfortable clothing for the ultrasound. You may need to disrobe below the waist and wear a gown for the same. Depending on the purpose of the ultrasound, you may be advised to drink four to six glasses of water in advance of the screening. The exam itself is carried out in an ultrasound room at the doctor’s office or a hospital or clinic. You will need to remain very still throughout the procedure, which normally takes around 30 minutes.

Insurance Providers

We accept all major medical insurances, except for: Humana Gold, People’s Health, or Tricare. For any other insurance questions, please contact my office.

Adventist Health
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health Partner
Principal Financial Group
United Healthcare