The traditional ultrasound procedure involves placing gel on your abdomen to work as a conductor for the sound waves.
Your healthcare provider uses a transducer to produce sound waves into the uterus.
Fetal Echocardiography – Uses ultrasound waves to assess the baby’s heart anatomy and function.
This is used to help assess suspected congenital heart defects.
If there are any questions regarding gestational age, placenta location, or possible complications then more ultrasounds may be scheduled.
Your healthcare provider will use hormone levels in your blood, the date of your last menstrual period and, in some cases, results from an ultrasound to generate an expected date of conception.
Ultrasounds are usually combined with other tests, such as triple tests, amniocentesis, or chorionic villus sampling, to validate a diagnosis.
If your healthcare provider uses an ultrasound to get an estimated delivery date to base the timing of your prenatal care, the original estimated gestational age will not be changed.Most often used during the early stages of pregnancy.Standard Ultrasound – Traditional ultrasound exam which uses a transducer over the abdomen to generate 2-D images of the developing fetus.If you receive an ultrasound exam after week 6, your healthcare provider will begin to be concerned, if there is no gestational sac.Your healthcare provider will use hormone levels in your blood, the date of your last menstrual period and, in some cases, results from an ultrasound to generate an estimated gestational age.An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta.Although the terms ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, they are used interchangeably and reference the same exam.Ultrasound dating of conception is not reliable for determining paternity because the ultrasound can be off by at least 5-7 days in early pregnancy.You may have an ultrasound between 18 to 20 weeks to evaluate dates, a multiples pregnancy, placenta location or complications.Because ultrasound should only be used when medically indicated, many healthy pregnancies will not require an ultrasound.The average number of ultrasounds varies with each healthcare provider.