Ultrasounds use a transducer or probe to see the soft tissue inside of the body. Typically this results in a two-dimensional image produced by scanning through one “slice” of your body. However, by taking several two-dimensional images, a three-dimensional image can be created for a complete view of your body. This can be used to view internal body structures such as muscles, tendons, joints, organs, and blood vessels. Perhaps most popularly, they can be used to monitor an unborn child during pregnancy. Schedule your appointment to get your 3D ultrasound in Central Oregon.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Getting Your 3D Ultrasound in Central Oregon
How It Works
Ultrasound equipment works by emitting sound waves at a very high frequency. So high it cannot be heard by human ears. These sound waves are pulsed into the body using a probe. When the sound bounces off your interior tissue and organs, the results are recorded via a digital image.
There are many advantages to getting an ultrasound. Unlike an X-ray, it does not use any radiation—this is what makes it such a great way to check in on your baby during pregnancy. It is also a great way to take a look at your anatomy and do some problem solving. Better yet, 3D Ultrasounds are mobile and thus able to be used on many occasions in many locations.
How To Prepare
A doctor may request your for diagnostic purposes. If so, schedule your ultrasound appointment and heed your doctor’s recommendations. You may be required to drink a certain amount of fluids prior to your ultrasound.
What To Expect
During your appointment, you may be asked to undress, or partially undress. A technician will then apply a warm gel to your skin as well as to the probe to close any gaps between the tool and your body. By moving the probe around your skin, an image can start to be produced on the screen. Though the process is the same as a two-dimensional ultrasound, the computer will be processing it differently allowing a three-dimensional image to appear.
During the ultrasound, you will be able to see the interior of your body—or your baby—as it is in real-time. There may be movement or even sound. You may be asked to hold your breath for a better quality image. After the exam, the technician will wipe off the gel, and you will be ready to go about your day with no downtime.
Schedule Your 3D Ultrasound in Central Oregon
Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA) provides 3D ultrasounds at all of our locations in Bend, Madras, Prineville, and Redmond. Schedule your appointment—we’d love to show you the magic of 3D ultrasounds in Central Oregon.