Sonography and ultrasound refer to the same procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, tissues, and blood flow. As the sound waves harmlessly enter your body, they bounce off internal structures. The information is transmitted to a computer, which analyzes the sounds to form a detailed image.
Ultrasound may be best known for its use during pregnancy to evaluate the baby’s progress. Most women are familiar with the second trimester ultrasound, which is routinely performed to check the baby’s heart, measure the baby’s size, and assess development.
Parent’s often learn the baby’s sex during the second trimester ultrasound -- but not always. If the imaging is done too early, the baby’s external genitals may not be developed well enough to be visible. The baby’s position in the womb can also prevent the ultrasound from picking up the image.
Imaging is essential for diagnosing many gynecologic problems. As ultrasound provides detailed views of your cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, the providers at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates can determine the cause of health conditions such as:
Ultrasound imaging is performed when a suspicious lump is found in a woman’s breast. It provides enough detail to determine whether the lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor. It also shows the precise location and size of the lump, so that a biopsy can be performed. While ultrasound distinguishes the type of lump, a biopsy is required to learn whether it’s cancerous.
Women are vulnerable to osteoporosis after menopause, because loss of estrogen causes more calcium to leave the bones. For this reason, women should get screened for osteoporosis after they reach menopause, or at least by the age of 65.
Women may need bone density screening before menopause if they’re at risk for osteoporosis due to:
Bone density examinations are performed at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, which uses a small dose of radiation to measure bone loss.
Fairfax OB-GYN accepts most major insurance plans. Please call any of our offices to inquire about your particular insurance. We also accept self-pay patients and out of network patients and would be glad to assist you in arranging for payment of services. After services are provided, we will be glad to file claims to your insurance company on your behalf. We will assist you in making sure that your insurance pays us timely and appropriately for services we have provided to you. However, please know that ultimately you are financially responsible for payment of bills incurred. Any patient who schedules an appointment and fails to keep that appointment without providing 24 hour notice of cancellation will be responsible for a $50 no show fee. Any inquiries should be directed to the Billing Department at (703) 391-1500.
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