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ThePurpose of Ultrasound Studies on the Menstrual Cycle

Ultrasoundstudies provide information regarding the diameter of thepreovulatory follicle. By using the studies, it is possible to notonly measure the maximal diameter of the follicle, but also makeobservations on morphological changes on the ovary that occur fromthe follicle to the corpus luteum. The practice enables doctors tomake predictions about ovulation by approximating the time when it islikely to take place. According to Hofer (2013), ultrasound alsodetermines if the follicle has ruptured, thereby releasing the egg tofacilitate fertilization. Conducting an evaluation of the folliclesusing ultrasound is essential when the patient is using fertilitydrugs as it makes it remarkably easy to establish both the number, aswell as the ripeness of follicles to stimulate and trigger ovulationin a safe manner.

WhyUltrasound is So Important in OB

Ultrasoundplays a significant role in OB since it allows for the detection ofabnormalities such as a poor position of the baby. On the sameaspect, ultrasound provides a comprehensive check of any sign thatmay indicate a genetic problem (Hofer, 2013). In the event of anabnormality or generic issue, the doctors will make a recommendationfor the individuals to visit specialized centers that have expertdoctors. The ability of ultrasound to monitor the growth andwell-being of the baby by checking on the adequacy of the surroundingfluid guarantees proper health. Hofer argued that it is through anultrasound that parents get to know about the sex of the baby beforebirth (2013). Doctors find it necessary to conduct an ultrasound todetermine whether the size of the baby is right and if the placentais in a correct place.


Hofer,M. (2013). UltrasoundTeaching Manual: An introductory workbook: 782 figures and 43 tables.Stuttgart: Thieme Publishers.