Ultrasound is a non-invasive painless technique for the mother and foetus and is considered to be risk-free. It uses ultrasonic waves (ultrasounds); consequently, no X ray and no other type of radiation are emitted by this examination.
The ultrasound examination can be performed by using a probe on the abdomen or a probe that is introduced into the vagina (endovaginal ultrasonography).
The examinations provided by Gyn-Echo and by the Centre de gynecologie et matemite of LaSalle are performed for medical and diagnostic purposes by an obstetrician-gynecologist or a technologist. To that effect, we require a prescription from your treating physician.
The gynecologic ultrasound
The gynecologic ultrasound allows to examine the uterus, the ovaries and the uterine ducts and to detect some lesions such as uterine fibromas, ovarian cysts. some signs of gynecological infections and other pelvic organ anomalies. The obstetrical or prenatal ultrasound allows to view the foetus and its intemal organs and to assess its position and growth. It also allows to evaluate the quantity of amniotic fluid, the placenta position and foetal well-being. It can be performed at any time during pregnancy.
The obstetrical ultrasound
The basic obstetrical examination is done by using traditional ultrasounds to take the recommended foetal measurements and to perform a systematic review of the foetus in order to detect possible malformations.
3D/4D imagery will allow you to see the anatomy details of the baby you have been carrying for several weeks already and to observe his real-time movements in 3 dimensions. As he takes more space in your body and mind, you will be charmed by the forms of his face and, in favorable conditions, you could even be lucky enough to see him suck his thumb, smile or swallow amniotic fluid.
The ultrasound examination including 3D and 4D real-time imagery will be done in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment so that you can live a pleasant and unique experience. For obstetrical ultrasounds performed during the second or third trimester, digital pictures and a video of your baby will be given to you. You will therefore be able to relive and share those moments.