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Ultrasound – Infertility Diagnostic Testing – Frisco, TX*

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Overview

An ultrasound is a safe way for one of our board-certified reproductive endocrinologists at the Frisco Institute of Reproductive Medicine to view the inside of a patient’s body. Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create an image, called a sonogram, of what is happening within the body. Our experienced fertility doctors use ultrasounds to diagnose infertility and during treatment cycles such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). It will be used to monitor follicle development, guide the egg retrieval, and confirm pregnancy after embryo transfer.

Traditional ultrasounds produce a flat, 2D image of the inside of the body. Advances in ultrasound technology have allowed for 3D and 4D imaging at our fertility clinics in Dallas, McKinney, and Frisco, TX. Sending the sound waves through the body at different angles creates 3D ultrasounds. The sound waves are then sent back to the computer, which is programmed to create a 3D image of the inside of the body. We are proud to offer this innovative technology to our patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment.

Ultrasound Technique

During an ultrasound at one of our fertility clinics, our patient will be asked to lie face up on the exam table with clothing removed from the waist down. The doctor will apply a water-based, non-staining ultrasound gel to the transducer. It will be placed gently inside the vagina until it is touching the cervix. We will rotate and reposition the transducer as needed to capture the images necessary. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted through the transducer and the gel into the body. As the sound waves bounce back and are received by the transducer, the computer creates a real-time image of the inside of the body. The images are sonograms and can be viewed in video or as printed still images. There is typically little to no pain or discomfort experienced from a transvaginal ultrasound.

What to Expect

In fertility medicine, ultrasounds are used as a noninvasive way to view the reproductive organs. Ultrasounds are helpful in diagnosing common fertility problems, such as ovarian cysts, and monitoring follicle development during ovarian stimulation and IVF. An ultrasound can be performed transvaginally, within the vagina, or transabdominally over the top of the abdomen.

Ultrasound Risks & Benefits

Risks
There are virtually no risks associated with receiving an ultrasound. Mild discomfort may be felt if the area being scanned is tender.

Benefits
The largest benefit of ultrasound technology is the ability to view the inside of the body in a noninvasive way. Ultrasound has many different uses including but not limited to monitoring egg development during fertility treatments, monitor the thickness of the lining of the uterus, provide visual guidance during procedures such as IVF egg retrieval and monitor the early development of a baby during pregnancy.

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As part of FIRM’s dedication to personalized and compassionate care, our doctors make sure to perform your ultrasounds while you are in treatment. In real-time, our doctor can see the movement and structure inside of the body at the very moment the ultrasound is performed. We would like to offer you the opportunity to have an ultrasound at our clinic. Please call and schedule an appointment. It will be your first step toward building your family with FIRM.

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