Alan B. Patterson, M.D.
OB-GYN located in Coral Springs, FL
Ultrasound is a valuable diagnostic tool in both gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Alan Patterson, a board certified OB/GYN with over 30 years of experience, uses ultrasound to both diagnose medical issues and monitor fetal development, at his office in Coral Springs, Florida.
Ultrasounds Q & A
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a safe, simple and painless office procedure that uses sound wave technology to create internal images of a woman’s lower abdomen and pelvis. It’s used both to monitor fetal development in pregnant women, as well as, diagnose many types of gynecologic problems including, unexplained bleeding, fibroids, ovarian cysts, polyps, and other conditions.
What does having a transabdominal ultrasound entail?
You’ll need to wear loose clothing or change into a hospital gown. Then, lying on an exam table a water-based gel is applied to the skin of your pelvic and/or abdominal region. Next, a hand-held device, known as a transducer, is gently glided across the area. The transducer sends sound waves through the abdomen which bounce back providing images on a monitor of the inside of the body. These images include the fetus, placenta, and amniotic fluid in pregnant women, along with the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes and ovaries, tissues and muscles. These images can be recorded on a CD.
What is a transvaginal ultrasound?
Transvaginal ultrasound utilizes the same sound wave technology as a transabdominal ultrasound. Instead of moving a transducer across your abdomen though, the procedure is performed with a transducer probe (covered with a condom) inserted directly into the vagina.
Early in the pregnancy, better images may be produced via a transvaginal ultrasound.
When can I see what my baby looks like?
By the middle of the second trimester, or approximately halfway through the pregnancy, the ultrasound may produce a clearer picture of your baby’s face. 3D and 4D ultrasounds show a significant amount of detail. If you choose, you can also find out the baby’s sex at this point in the pregnancy. Dr. Patterson is very respectful of the parent’s decision to know or to keep the sex of the baby a surprise.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At Dr. Patterson's practice, we accept most major insurance plans. Dr. Patterson is a Cigna Tier 1 provider, so patient participation in employer-sponsored Cigna group plans with OAP or PPO coverage may result in lower copayments or coinsurance levels for covered services. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We do not take any Medicaid plans at all.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Patterson has been my Doctor for more than 25 years now. I have recommended many women to him through out the years and will continue to do so!"
"An extremely kind and compassionate expert in his field. Would not hesitate to recommend him to family and friends."
"I've been going to Dr. Patterson for almost 20 years now. He's very thorough and efficient and I appreciate how he always personally calls with results."
"Great doctor. Takes the time to explain everything and is very thorough. Happy to be his patient."
"I called him on a Friday night at 3am because my water broke and he called me back right away and met me at the hospital. I would highly recommend Dr Patterson"
" Dr. Patterson is a proactive, personal doctor! He was the only doctor to actively pursue solutions to my heavy menstrual cycles. I have never felt better in my life!
"Dr Patterson is a caring Dr and always gives personal service, it's very impressive when your Dr calls you himself with your test results !!"