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Ultrasound Specialist

Albert C. Chan, MD

OBGYN located in South Plainfield, NJ

Ultrasound is a valuable tool for monitoring your developing baby and diagnosing a wide range of gynecologic conditions. OB/GYN Albert C. Chan, MD, offers convenient, in-office ultrasound exams at his practice in South Plainfield, New Jersey. If you need an obstetric or gynecologic ultrasound, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

Also called sonography, an ultrasound is a diagnostic test that uses sound waves to create images of the structures inside your body. The ultrasound system involves a handpiece called a transducer.

When Dr. Chan gently presses the transducer against your skin, it sends sound waves into your body. The sounds waves bounce off your organs like an echo and go back to the transducer. Information from the transducer creates an image of the inside of your body on a screen for Dr. Chan to view.

For your convenience, Dr. Chan performs pelvic ultrasounds right in his office so you don’t need to travel or schedule another appointment.

Why would I need a pelvic ultrasound?

Dr. Chan performs routine ultrasounds to monitor the growth and development of your baby during pregnancy. There are many other reasons you may need a pelvic ultrasound. Dr. Chan may use an ultrasound to help him diagnose a gynecologic condition, such as:

  • Fibroids and other tumors
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts

Sometimes, Dr. Chan needs to perform an ultrasound inside your body. A transvaginal ultrasound uses a special transducer that Dr. chan inserts inside your vagina. The type of test you need depends on your specific condition.

How safe is an ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasounds are safe procedures with no known risks. This test uses low-power sound waves and doesn’t harm your body. There’s no radiation or pain involved in this procedure.

What happens during an ultrasound procedure?

Before getting a pelvic ultrasound, Dr. Chan provides you with instructions on how to prepare. He may ask you to drink a minimum of 24 ounces of water at least one hour before your appointment and then refrain from emptying your bladder before the test.

During the procedure, you may need to remove your clothing and change into a gown. Dr. Chan applies a special gel to your abdomen. This gel makes it easier for sound waves to pass through your skin.

Then, he presses the transducer against your skin and gently moves it. The ultrasound produces images on a computer screen, which Dr. Chan records for your medical records. After your ultrasound, you can go about your day without any downtime for recovery.

To schedule your ultrasound imaging test, call the office of Albert C. Chan, MD, or book an appointment online today.