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Ultrasound Specialist

Ultrasound services offered in the greater Decatur and Chamblee, GA area

If you’re pregnant, it’s important to undergo routine ultrasounds. At Top Doc OB/GYN, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Robert Dourron, MD, offers ultrasound imaging onsite. The pain-free, minimally invasive procedure can monitor your growing baby and alert you to potential issues early on. To make an appointment, call the office in Decatur or Chamblee, Georgia, or click the online booking feature today.

Ultrasound Q&A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a type of diagnostic imaging. It uses high-frequency sound waves to capture real-time photos of your developing baby and reproductive organs. During your pregnancy, it’s important to undergo ultrasounds regularly. Routine checkups ensure your baby remains healthy and reaches all of its developmental milestones.

Why would I need an ultrasound?

Top Doc OB/GYN uses ultrasounds for various reasons, including to:

  • Confirm pregnancy
  • Check the fetal heartbeat
  • Determine the gestational age of the baby
  • Estimate the due date
  • Monitor your baby’s position
  • Check for characteristics of Down syndrome
  • Diagnose issues with your ovaries or uterus
  • Monitor your levels of amniotic fluid

Ultrasound imaging can also be used to diagnose congenital abnormalities.

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

Preparing for an ultrasound is easy and stress-free. Before your appointment, try to drink at least two full eight-ounce glasses of water. Don’t urinate before the ultrasound. The fuller your bladder is, the easier it is for your ultrasound technician to get a clear picture. 

What happens during an ultrasound?

Top Doc OB/GYN performs ultrasound imaging on-site in the state-of-the-art imaging suite. 

You lie down on an exam table at the beginning of your ultrasound. Then, your provider carefully applies a water-based gel to your abdomen. The gel helps the sound waves travel properly.

After applying the gel, your provider gently runs a small handheld device, called a transducer, over your abdomen. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your baby and internal organs. A computer translates the sound waves into images, providing a real-time video feed that your provider views.

Your provider uses the video feed to assess the health and position of your baby and to diagnose any potential issues. After the ultrasound, your provider wipes off the gel and discusses the next steps. 

How many ultrasounds do I need during pregnancy?

The number of ultrasounds you receive during pregnancy depends on various factors, including whether your pregnancy is high risk.

Generally, Top Doc OB/GYN recommends two ultrasounds –– one during your first trimester and a second halfway through your second trimester. More frequent ultrasounds might be necessary depending on your age and health history.

To learn more about the benefits of ultrasound imaging, make an appointment at Top Doc OB/GYN by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.