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David M. Barrere, MD, F.A.C.O.G.

Obstetrics & Gynecology & Bioidentical Hormone Specialist located in Clifton & Eastgate, Cincinnati, OH

Ultrasounds use sound wave technology to create images of your internal organs. David M. Barrere, MD, in Cincinnati, Ohio, performs obstetric and gynecological ultrasounds to evaluate reproductive organs or a devloping baby. To schedule an appointment to learn more about ultrasounds, call the office located in the medical building at the Christ Hospital or Eastgate office near the Eastgate Mall, or use the online booking tool.

Ultrasounds Q & A

What are ultrasounds?

Ultrasounds are a diagnostic imaging tool that uses sound wave technology to create images of your internal organs. During an ultrasound test, a technician places the ultrasound transducer on your skin. 

The transducer sends sound waves into your body that bounce off the organs and return to the wand, which sends the information to a computer that translates the sounds into images you see on a computer monitor.

Ultrasounds are a safe and effective diagnostic imaging tool for evaluating your reproductive organs and it’s the primary imaging tool for pregnancy. 

What are the types of ultrasounds?

For women, there are two types of ultrasounds: abdominal ultrasound and transvaginal ultrasound.

Abdominal ultrasound

During an abdominal ultrasound, the technician user the transducer to evaluate your reproductive organs or baby.

Transvaginal ultrasound

During a transvaginal ultrasound, the technician uses a special ultrasound probe that is inserted into the vagina to evaluate your reproductive organs or baby.

The type of ultrasound you need may depend on the gynecological condition Dr. Barrere has concerns about. He may initially perform an abdominal ultrasound and then recommend a transvaginal ultrasound to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis. 

What are obstetric ultrasounds?

Obstetric ultrasounds are the ultrasound tests Dr. Barrere performs during pregnancy. Most women undergo two obstetric ultrasounds.

Dr. Barrere performs your first ultrasound at your initial prenatal visit. This ultrasound helps determine your due date. Your second ultrasound occurs during your second trimester and evaluates your baby and your reproductive organs. 

Dr. Barrere may also recommend obstetric ultrasounds for performing various genetic screenings or other prenatal tests, such as the biophysical profile or neonatal stress test. 

What conditions do gynecological ultrasounds detect?

Gynecological ultrasounds are diagnostic tests Dr. Barrere performs to evaluate your reproductive organs. He may recommend an ultrasound after your annual well-woman visit to evaluate the underlying cause of conditions such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, menstrual cramps, pelvic pain or pain with intercourse. 

A gynecological ultrasound may help diagnose common problems such as:

  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

It can also locate the placement of an intrauterine device.

Dr. Barrere performs all ultrasounds at the office. 

For patient-centered care from an experienced OB/GYN, call David M. Barrere, M.D, or book an appointment online today.