Ultrasounds

Chicago Women’s Health Group works with Souma Diagnostics, Ltd to provide both Gynecologic and Obstetric  Ultrasound services on site for your convenience.

Gynecologic Ultrasounds are used to examine the female pelvic organs (specifically the uterus, the endometrium, the ovaries, and the fallopian tubes).  Your provider will determine whether it is appropriate for an ultrasound to be ordered.

This ultrasound can show:

  • Fibroid tumors
  • Pelvic mass location, size and shape
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Problems that could cause pain or bleeding such as polyps
  • The position of an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Ovulation status (treating infertility)

Another type of gynecologic ultrasound is a saline infused sonohysterogram.  This type of ultrasound utilizes saline infused into the uterus during a transvaginal ultrasound to detect the presence of intrauterine lesions such as polpys.  Click on this link for more information on sonohysterograms 

Many times gynecologic ultrasounds and sonohysterograms need to be done at a particular point in your menstrual cycle.  It is important that you work closely with your provider so that your ultrasound appointment is scheduled at the appropriate time.  It is also important that you schedule an appointment after the ultrasound to review the results with a provider.

Obstetric ultrasounds are offered in the office as well and your provider will determine when it is appropriate to get an ultrasound.  Obstetric ultrasounds are offered for the following reasons:

  • Initial obstetric ultrasound to confirm pregnancy
    • Done at first OB visit
  • First trimester screening (nuchal translucency)
    • Done between 11 weeks and 1 day and 13 weeks and 6 days
  • Level I ultrasound
    • Done between 18 and 22 weeks
    • Evaluates fetal anatomy and growth as well as placental position
    • Gender can be determined at this time
  • Level II ultrasounds
    • Done for AMA (advanced maternal age) or complicated pregnancies
  • Growth ultrasound
    • Usually done in 2nd or 3rd trimester if necessary to evaluate fetal growth
  • Multiple Gestation Ultrasound
  • Biophysical Profile
    • Performed if there is a question about fetal health and well being resulting from either an examination, maternal/fetal symptoms, or if the pregnancy is considered high risk
    • Done in conjunction with an NST and only done after 32 weeks of gestation

Click here for more information on ultrasound exams

Click here for more information on Special tests for monitoring fetal health