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Ultrasound

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Through our Obstetrics and Gynecology department, USF Health offers ultrasound for a variety of diagnostic reasons. 

Obstetrical (baby)

An ultrasound is the first time you see your little one. With both 3-D and 4-D ultrasound capability, our skilled technicians at USF Health evaluate your baby’s health and development. They can also screen for major congenital anomalies as well as estimate the gestational age of fetuses.

Ultrasound can provide the following health information on your developing child:

  • The fetus’s position, movement, breathing, and heart rate
  • An estimate of the fetus’s size and weight
  • The amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus
  • The location of the placenta
  • The number of fetuses
  • If the fetus is in a good position, it may be possible to tell the sex

Gynecologic (reproductive)

Transvaginal ultrasound is a diagnostic tool used to examine your reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tube, ovaries, cervix and vagina). Using 2D and 3D transvaginal ultrasound imaging, our skilled ultrasound experts can identify a range of conditions and causes of symptoms, including:

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic masses 
  • Early pregnancy problems; including, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Certain infertility problems
  • Ovarian cysts - benign and malignant
  • Uterine masses including fibroids
  • Evaluation of IUD (intrauterine devices) 

Ultrasound guided procedures:

  • Saline infusion sonogram
  • Hysterosalpingo - contrast sonography (HyCoSy for tubal patency evaluation)
  • Ultrasound guided endometrial biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided insertion or removal of IUD
  • Ultrasound guided removal of endometrial polyps

Your provider may also use transvaginal ultrasound if you are pregnant to:

  • Examine your cervix for changes that could lead to complications, such as miscarriage or premature delivery
  • Examine the placenta for abnormalities
  • Determine the source for any abnormal bleeding
  • Diagnose possible miscarriage
  • Confirm an early pregnancy

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Impactful News

USF Health gynecologists featured on journal’s research paper video podcast

Emad Mikhail, MD, and Lauri Hochberg, MD, were featured in a Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology video podcast about pelvic ultrasounds.

Read more here.

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