What to expect at your Ultrasound Appointment:
Welcome to our office and thank-you for choosing us as your ultrasound care provider. If another Doctor’s office has referred you to us, we will be sending that provider a report, but we will also try to give you as much information as possible. We are very proud to currently be the only AIUM–accredited ultrasound department for obstetrical and gynecologic ultrasound in the state of Wyoming. AIUM accreditation means that our ultrasound program has passed a rigorous evaluation including patient safety and comfort issues, sanitation, maintenance of reliable records, and proper training and continued education of doctors and ultrasonographers. We provide a wide range of ultrasound services including: first trimester scans, fetal anatomy surveys, fetal growth and biophysical scans, scans on multiple gestations, and second opinion/consultation.
Our AIUM-accredited ultrasound department employs ultrasonographers who specialize in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. We have state-of-the-art ultrasound machines. All scans are interpreted by one of our board-certified obstetricians-gynecologists.
Video taping for non-diagnostic purposes is not performed; however, keepsake still images of your baby will be provided. Please be aware that fetal position, or other anatomical factors, may limit our ability to obtain optimal keepsake images.
While we do have 3D/4D ultrasound capabilities, they are reserved for cases in which there is a known/suspected fetal abnormality. In the setting of a fetal abnormality, technology may sometimes be beneficial; however, the limitations of 3D are often the same as 2D; therefore, this technology is used at the attending physician’s or the ultrasonographer’s discretion.
Depending upon the baby’s position and gestational age, we can tell you what sex we think the baby will be. Please keep in mind that ultrasound is not 100% accurate in fetal sex determination
About your bladder:
If you are less than 12 weeks pregnant, or you are having a gynecology or non-pregnant ultrasound, you may need a full bladder. It is also possible that you may be asked to empty your bladder during part of the examination, especially if a transvaginal probe is used.
If you are between 12 and 16 weeks pregnant, your bladder need only be half full.
If you are more than 16 weeks pregnant, you usually do not need a full bladder.
Most of the time, your insurance is likely to cover the cost of the ultrasound examination that your doctor or health care provider has recommended. If the cost is not covered, you will become responsible for the charges, and will need to make arrangements in our business office for payment or to set up a payment plan.
It is truly our pleasure to serve you, and if you have any questions or concerns please ask one of us to assist you, or explain anything that you do not understand. We want your ultrasound experience to be as pleasant and as informative as possible.
Our ultrasound theaters are large and comfortable with big screen HD TV monitors, and friends and family are encouraged to be present for your ultrasound examination if you so desire.
About our Sonographers Qualifications:
Sonographers who are certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) – an organization that develops and administers competency examinations in diagnostic ultrasound – have met established standards in education, clinical training and patient care.
When your ultrasound examination is performed by an ARDMS-certified sonographer, you know that the individual has the training and experience to perform an ultrasound examination accurately.
An ARDMS-certified sonographer has passed rigourous examination on the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound, as well as on the specialty area of ultrasound he or she is practicing.
Because an ARDMS-certified sonographer is required to earn continuing medical education credits each year, you can feel comfortable knowing that he or she is on the cutting edge of ultrasound technology and patient care skills.
For more information about ultrasound certification or to find out if a sonographer is certified, contact the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers at (301) 738-8401 or visit the ARDMS website at www.ardms.org