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Dr. De Leon performs his own in-office ultrasound procedures.  This means that you will not have to wait for ultrasound results.  If you see something confusing, or just want to understand the procedure better, you can ask Dr. De Leon.

Sonogram? Ultrasound? What’s the difference?

In reality, there is no difference between the two terms. To be precise, ultrasound is sound technology employed in sonogram examinations. Ultrasound waves are higher in pitch than humans can hear. So “ultrasound’ is a very generic term referring to the imaging technology or the inaudible sound that the sonogram machine makes. “Sonogram” is the actual examination the physician performs. Most people use these terms interchangeably.

How Sonogram’s are Performed

There are two types of sonograms that can be performed: External sonogram and trans-vaginal sonogram. During an external sonogram, the doctor will rub ultrasound gel on your abdomen and move an ultrasound sensor over the area to monitor your baby. A trans-vaginal sonogram requires the doctor to place an ultrasound wand into your vagina to check on an early pregnancy, to check for ovulation, or to examine your reproductive organs.

What is the Purpose of a Sonogram?

Sonograms are performed for a number of reasons, some of which include:

  • Confirming an early pregnancy
  • Checking prenatal health
  • Diagnosing heavy irregular bleeding
  • Diagnosing pelvic pain
  • Following up with infertility treatments