Ultrasound Technology & Innovation

FAQ: How Trust Improves Preventive Healthcare in OB/GYN Practices

Preventive healthcare looks different for patients at different ages and across genders. Learn more about how to discuss risks and wellness with patients.

Patients of all ages visit their OB/GYN for preventive healthcare. Building a practice that promotes trust across a diverse group of patients helps improve quality of care and reduce disparities. Here, we've collected articles that focus on the risks associated with gynecological care as well as patient education across age and gender.

  1. How can gynecological ultrasound be used during annual wellness exams? A pelvic ultrasound can aid in answering questions and addressing patient concerns during their annual wellness exam. Learn more about common conditions and how the high-quality images produced with ultrasound can help determine next steps for patients.
  2. How can ultrasound simplify routine OB/GYN exams? Modern technology makes it easier than ever to incorporate ultrasound in a gynecology practice. With clinician-friendly designs, portability, image saving and enhanced image quality, ultrasound aids in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of simple to complex gynecological conditions. Learn more about how ultrasound can help with some commonly performed OB/GYN exams.
  3. What's the best way for gynecologists to provide exams to adolescents? Teens may feel uncomfortable during their first gynecological exam, and provider trust is a key element in caring for these young patients. Get advice on how to make your adolescent patients feel safe while encouraging comfort, honesty and compliance with treatment.
  4. What should doctors know about postmenopausal bleeding and other issues for older gynecology patients? Postmenopausal bleeding is a common concern among older patients, and it has a wide range of causes. Learn more about how to evaluate postmenopausal bleeding and address other concerns for health and wellness among mature patients.
  5. How can you teach your trans patients about the risk of cervical cancer in men? Transgender men have a similar risk for cervical cancer as cisgender women, but not all doctors may be clear on screening guidelines for transgender patients. Transgender men have unique challenges based on their gender-affirming treatment that can affect results, and they may experience overall barriers to healthcare. Here's how to explain the risks and ensure your patients receive necessary care in a timely manner.
  6. What do patients need to understand about lifestyle and infertility? It's well known that lifestyle factors can influence fertility, but it's not always easy to have these discussions with patients. Learn more about what the evidence says about weight, nutrition, substance abuse and environmental exposures. You can also gain advice on how to talk to patients about their risk of infertility or subfertility.

For all patients, ultrasound technology has advanced to provide accuracy and incredible image quality. It's an essential tool for preventive healthcare to look for answers to patient concerns. It's also safe, cost-effective and less invasive. Focusing on the whole patient and accepting differences helps improve OB/GYN patient care for all.