Having any type of test run can be nerve wracking. Whether it is a painless MRI or something more complicated like a colonoscopy, hearing that you need to undergo such a procedure is often not a pleasant experience. But whether it is for regular screening and prevention or to diagnose a complication, medical testing is necessary for our well-being—invasive ultrasounds included.
When you think of ‘invasive’, it is not uncommon to cringe. Just the name ‘invasive ultrasound’ makes a lot of people want to turn on their heels and avoid the troublesome thought all together. But the necessity of an invasive ultrasound is too important to miss.
While a transabdomenal ultrasound provides images of inside the uterus, it is the details of what is going on internally that makes an invasive ultrasound much more valuable and often preferred by doctors. In both types of ultrasounds, echoes are captured and transformed into pictures from sound waves bounced off of objects. The difference, however, is the distance the sound waves must travel to the objects and the type of tissue of the object.
As you can imagine, the further the sound waves must travel and the more tissue they must travel through, the more obscured the pictures become. In the case, we are talking about the difference between traveling through the abdomen into the uterus during a transabdomenal ultrasound and traveling directly into the uterus through an invasive ultrasound. It is evident, then, which one results in better accuracy.
If you are pregnant, you are likely to undergo both transabdomenal ultrasounds, as well as invasive ultrasounds. Viewing the fetus from outside the abdomen is useful in confirming the pregnancy, estimating the gestational age, and ensuring the embryo is properly implanted on the uterine wall. But there are many complications during pregnancy that cannot be accurately identified or even detected at all without a closer examination.
After a positive pregnancy test, one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your own health and the health of your unborn child is to determine where the embryo has implanted. Although rare, there is a chance that the embryo has implanted outside of the uterus—a condition called an ectopic pregnancy. When this happens, not only is the fetus at great risk, but your own health and fertility is in danger, as well. An invasive ultrasound is the most effective and accurate tool to diagnose this condition.
Invasive ultrasounds are also effective in determining if you will experience complications later in your pregnancy. It is important to examine the implantation and monitor the development of the fetus with as much detail as possible so that you may take the necessary steps to prevent any potential complications. This is particularly important for women over 35, those with pre-existing conditions that could lead to difficulties, or anybody with a family history of pregnancy complications.
As a female, it is important to visit the doctor for a yearly physical exam. In the event that your tests come back with abnormal results, your doctor may require you to come in for an invasive ultrasound. While some abnormal tests results are nothing to be concerned about, many others may result from cysts, fibroid tumors, or other growths. Whether your condition is benign or not, it is important to detect these conditions in the earliest stage possible to prevent further growth. While these growths may be detected by a transabdominal ultrasound, it is important to remember that an invasive ultrasound will result in better clarity and increase the chances of finding the growth in a smaller stage.
If the word ‘invasive’ intimidates you, remember, the earlier you detect a condition, the less medical care you will require.
This post was written for Keynko.com by Glenn Josephik. Glenn is an account representative and the marketing coordinator at <a href=” http://www.medcorpllc.com/portable-ultrasound-machines.html” title=””>MedCorp LLC</a>, the industry leader and premier business source for used portable ultrasound systems. You can follow Glenn Josephik on <a href=”https://plus.google.com/108151910279595408364?rel=author”>Google+</a>.