Ultrasound Specialist

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD -  - Gynecologist

Newport Beach Women's Wellness Center

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD

Gynecologist & Medical Spa located in Orange County, Newport Beach, CA

Ultrasound images provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago uses ultrasounds to look at your sex organs. If you suffer from pain in the pelvic region or recently conceived a child, call or make an appointment for either a 3D or 4D ultrasound at Newport Beach Women’s Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. Also referred to as a sonogram, doctors have used ultrasound technology for more than 60 years. Doctors use ultrasounds because they are a safe, non-invasive, accurate, and cost-effective investigative tool.

Ultrasounds take a continuous picture of your pelvic region through the use of a transducer. The transducer goes either on or in your uterus along with a gel-like substance. Ultrasounds are painless and take between 30 minutes and an hour.

Why have an ultrasound?

The most common reason to have an ultrasound is pregnancy. It has become a standard procedure for women to have an ultrasound at seven weeks to confirm pregnancy, and then again at 18 to 20 weeks to:

  • Look for congenital malformations
  • Confirm multiple pregnancies
  • Diagnose dates and growth, as well as placental position

You have an additional ultrasound around 32 weeks into your pregnancy for Dr. Sayago to evaluate your fetus's size, estimate fetal weight, and assess fetal growth.

Dr. Sayago does pelvic ultrasounds on nonpregnant women to look for:

  • Abnormalities in the structure of your uterus, including endometrial conditions, tumors, masses, and cysts.
  • Presence and position of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and other types of inflammation or infection
  • The cause of postmenopausal bleeding
  • The causes of infertility and assistance with in vitro fertilization.

What are the different types of ultrasounds?

Most ultrasounds are two dimensional. However, 3D and 4D ultrasounds continue to gain popularity. A 3D ultrasound gives Dr. Sayago the ability to determine whether an abnormality is present, including:

  • spina bifida,
  • cleft lips/palate,
  • chromosomal abnormalities,
  • fetal cardiac malformations

Neither 3D nor 4D ultrasounds are mandatory during pregnancy. However, they continue to grow in popularity. That's especially true of 4D ultrasounds. Also referred to as dynamic 3D sonograms, this new technology enables you to look at the face and movements of your baby before birth.

If you suffer from pain in the pelvic region or recently conceived a child, call or make an appointment for either a 3D or 4D ultrasound at Newport Beach Women’s Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California.