Ultrasound

Gallatin Women's Center

OB/GYNs located in Gallatin, TN & Lafayette, TN

When you’re having a baby, you want the highest-quality medical care available. The experienced team at Gallatin Women’s Center rely on the most advanced diagnostic tools to assist in your prenatal care, including both 2D and 3D/4D ultrasound technology. See the difference for yourself, call or schedule a prenatal exam online today at the center’s Gallatin or Lafayette, Tennessee, location.

Ultrasound Q & A

Why is an ultrasound done?

Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your body. When you’re pregnant, they’re performed regularly to take pictures of your baby and placenta for various reasons, including:

  • Viability of your pregnancy
  • Assess abnormal gestation
  • Identify fetal malformations
  • Monitor fetal development
  • Look for structural abnormalities
  • Evaluate your uterine and pelvic health


While 98% of ultrasounds are done with conventional 2D scanning, Gallatin Women’s Center also offers the advanced imaging capabilities of 3D/4D ultrasounds at its Gallatin location. Your physician may recommend a 3D/4D ultrasound if it is beneficial in diagnosing or monitoring your condition.

What is a 3D/4D ultrasound?

A 3D/4D ultrasound takes a series of two-dimensional images to construct a more life-like image that appears to be moving. The high-frequency sound wave technology used in 3D/4D ultrasounds is the same as 2D, but the difference in their images comes from additional image processing.

In rare cases, your provider might recommend a 3D/4D ultrasound to identify potential risks associated with your pregnancy. The higher quality, real-time images created using 3D/4D ultrasounds allow your doctor to identify abnormalities in your uterus or developing baby easier, making it a highly valuable diagnostic tool.

Your provider might also recommend a 3D/4D ultrasound to diagnose other pelvic conditions, such as:

  • Congenital uterine abnormalities
  • Endometrial polyps or submucous fibroids
  • Determine the location of an intrauterine device
  • Investigate recurrent preterm deliveries or miscarriages


At Gallatin Women’s Center, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist reads all 3D/4D scans. This specialist has advanced training in the care of mothers and fetuses at high-risk for complications.

What can I expect during an ultrasound?

When your practitioner at Gallatin Women’s Center determines you need an ultrasound, a trained ultrasound stenographer performs your scan in-office.

To capture your ultrasound images, the stenographer places gel on your belly that acts as the sound wave conductor and presses a transducer against the area. This transmits the sound waves and generates the ultrasound images on the monitor.

Neither 2D or 3D/4D ultrasounds are harmful to you or a developing baby.

For more information on ultrasound technology and prenatal care offered at Gallatin Women’s Center, call or schedule an appointment online today.