Ultrasound Specialist

Mahin Amirgholami, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. -  - Preferred Women's Care

West Hills OBGYN

Mahin Amirgholami, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Preferred Women's Care located in West Hills, CA

When you’re pregnant, your first ultrasound appointment is an exciting time—you finally get to see your baby! But ultrasounds aren’t just for pregnant women. Mahin Amirgholami, MD, FACOG, at West Hills OBGYN in West Hills, California, performs ultrasounds in a variety of women as part of her obstetric and gynecological diagnostic work-up. If you need an ultrasound, call the office or schedule your appointment online.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a noninvasive test Dr. Amirgholami performs at the office that uses sound waves to generate images of your baby or internal organs.

Types of ultrasounds for women include:

  • Obstetric ultrasound: ultrasound, placed on your belly, to view your baby and reproductive organs
  • Abdominal ultrasound: ultrasound, placed on your abdominal area, to view your internal organs
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: ultrasound, placed in your vagina, to view reproductive organs

An ultrasound test is considered very safe and painless and usually doesn’t require special preparation before the procedure, or downtime after.

How often do I need an ultrasound during pregnancy?

The number of ultrasounds you need during your pregnancy varies. Dr. Amirgholami will determine when and how often based on you and your baby’s health.

Most women have at least two ultrasounds throughout their pregnancy. You can expect your first ultrasound during your first trimester to confirm pregnancy. This ultrasound also allows Dr. Amirgholami to examine your internal reproductive organs to look for abnormalities or concerns, such as a fibroid, that may affect delivery.

The second ultrasound usually occurs during the second trimester. During this ultrasound, Dr. Amirgholami evaluates both you and your baby. You may also find out the gender of your baby during this second ultrasound.

Dr. Amirgholami may order additional ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy to confirm delivery position, or there’s a need to monitor your baby more closely for growth and movement.

What gynecological issues require an ultrasound?

Dr. Amirgholami also uses ultrasound technology for gynecological purposes to assist in a diagnosis or to act as a guide during a procedure. She may recommend an ultrasound after your gynecological exam if she has concerns based on her findings or symptoms you’re experiencing.

An ultrasound may be recommended to look for:

  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Abnormalities in the structure of your vagina, cervix, or uterus
  • Causes of postmenopausal bleeding
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Presence of an intrauterine device (IUD)

Dr. Amirgholami may also recommend an ultrasound to view your ovaries and fallopian tubes if you’re having issues with infertility to assess structure and health. She may also use an ultrasound as a guide if she’s performing a procedure, such as an endometrial biopsy.

To schedule your ultrasound, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking button.