Women's Healthcare Center of Georgia
Angela Hudson, MD, FACOG
Gynecologist located in Austell, GA
When you’re pregnant, you have to undergo a number of special tests to track your health and your baby’s health. But the one you may enjoy the most is the ultrasound. Angela Hudson, MD, at Women’s Healthcare Center of Georgia in Powder Springs, Georgia, offers in-office ultrasound services, including 3D ultrasounds. She also uses ultrasound technology to assist in diagnosing and treating gynecological conditions, such as fibroids. To schedule your ultrasound, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking button.
Ultrasound Q & A
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to generate images of your internal organs. Most women associate ultrasounds with their first opportunity to see their baby, but Dr. Hudson also uses ultrasound technology to assist in diagnosing gynecological conditions, and as a treatment for fibroids.
When do I need an ultrasound during pregnancy?
Most pregnant women can expect their first ultrasound at around 20 weeks. However, Dr. Hudson may request an early ultrasound if she suspects you’re carrying multiples or wants to confirm your due date. Late-term ultrasounds are also sometimes recommended to assess the health of your baby.
While you may be most excited about being able to see your baby for the first time during your ultrasound, the test allows Dr. Hudson to assess the health of your uterus and your baby.
During the ultrasound Dr. Hudson is checking the:
- Placement of your placenta
- Health of your baby, including movement and heart health
- Amount of amniotic fluid
- Sex of the baby, if you want to know
- Baby’s position
Dr. Hudson also offers 3D ultrasound during your prenatal testing. This special ultrasound provides a better image of your baby, so you can see facial details. It also allows her to assess for birth defects, such as a cleft palate.
Why would I need an ultrasound if I am not pregnant?
After your annual gynecological exam, Dr. Hudson may recommend an ultrasound test to view your reproductive organs, if she has concerns about what she found during your exam or symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
The ultrasound test is used to look for:
- Ovarian cysts
It’s also used as a tool to identify issues that may be causing heavy menstrual bleeding or postmenopausal bleeding.
How are ultrasounds used for the treatment of fibroids?
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in your uterus. While they don’t always need treatment, if your fibroid is causing pain or affecting your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Hudson may recommend removal.
An MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) is a very new noninvasive treatment for fibroids that uses sound waves to heat and destroy small fibroids.
Whether to see your baby or to remove fibroids, Dr. Hudson takes full advantage of all the benefits ultrasound technology has to offer. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.