Ultrasound Services

The availability of in-house ultrasound services is just one of the many reasons North Florida Women’s Care has been repeatedly voted as “Best Ob/Gyn Practice” in our area. Our skilled technicians use advanced high-resolution ultrasound equipment to obtain the clearest, most precise imaging available. Our physicians also make use of multiple portable ultrasound units for quick and convenient bedside imaging when needed.

Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging involves the use of a small transductor (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transductor collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer uses those sound waves to create an image.

Obstetrical Ultrasound

One of the most memorable part of a family’s pregnancy is seeing images of their developing baby, or in some cases, babies! Seeing ultrasound pictures of a baby moving and hearing the baby’s heartbeat in the uterus is not only entertaining, but ultrasound serves a useful clinical purpose in monitoring the growth and wellbeing of a fetus. Obstetrical ultrasound provides pictures of an embryo or fetus within a woman’s uterus, as well as the mother’s uterus and ovaries. Ultrasounds are performed at strategic times during a pregnancy in order to:

  • Establish the presence of a living embryo/fetus
  • Determine if there are multiple pregnancies
  • Estimate the age of the pregnancy
  • Diagnose congenital abnormalities of the fetus
  • Evaluate the position of the fetus
  • Evaluate the position of the placenta
  • Determine the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby
  • Check for opening or shortening of the cervix
  • Assess fetal growth
  • Assess fetal well-being

6-week ultrasound

8-week ultrasound

18-week ultrasound

38-week ultrasound

Gynecological Ultrasound

Whenever our providers need the assistance of ultrasound imaging to help ascertain the underlying cause of a gynecological issue, our patients find it most convenient to have that service provided right here in our offices. The generated ultrasound images are then transmitted to our notable local radiology group, Radiology Associates of Tallahassee, for reliable interpretation. This relationship results in quick and smooth reporting so you can obtain your results in a timely fashion.

A pelvic ultrasound examines the pelvic organs, including the uterus, endometrium (the lining of the uterus), cervix, and ovaries. Most pelvic ultrasounds are performed using both transabdominal and transvaginal approaches.

Transabdominal ultrasound is an external scan of your lower abdomen. This requires a full bladder, which allows for better visualization of organs. Transabdominal ultrasound usually provides an overview of the pelvis rather than detailed images. This is particularly helping for examining large pelvic masses extending into the abdomen, which are not always well viewed via transvaginal ultrasound.

Transvaginal ultrasound is an internal ultrasound. It involves scanning with the ultrasound probe inside the vagina. Transvaginal ultrasound produces better and clearer images of the female pelvic organs, because the ultrasound probe lies closer to these structures.

Preparation
We get better images during transabdominal ultrasound if the bladder is filled. For your examination, we ask you to drink water prior to your appointment. Drink at least 24 ounces of non-carbonated beverage (preferably water) 1-2 hours before the scan. A full bladder moves the bowel out from the pelvis into the abdomen, providing a better view of the uterus and ovaries. You will be able to empty your bladder following the transabdominal ultrasound and before the transvaginal ultrasound begins.

Our physicians are skilled in vaginal, cesarean and high-risk deliveries. We deliver at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the only hospital in our area with advanced neonatal intensive care facilities. Because of the high-risk nature of vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC), we do not participate in the care of such deliveries. Our physicians rotate on the TMH on-call schedule and are available for your obstetrical needs at all times. The physician who is on call at the time you go into labor will most likely be the one who delivers you.

Meet your Ultrasound Team

Amanda Smith, RDMS, RT(R) Ultrasound Supervisor

Mariam Turley, RDMS Sonographer

Sara Johnson, RDMS
Sonographer

Katie Bernhardt, RDMS
Sonographer

Cailin Powell, RDMS
Sonographer

Kaylyn West, RDMS
Sonographer