An ultrasound scan is also referred to as a sonogram. It is a safe, non-invasive device that assesses your fetus—it creates images of the placenta, amniotic fluid, and fetus.
Ultrasounds can be completed two ways–trans-vaginally or trans-abdominally. Trans-vaginal ultrasounds involve inserting a probe into the vagina to view the development of the fetus and organs. In a trans-abdominal ultrasound, the ultrasound probe is moved across the lower abdominal skin.
Ultrasound scans during your pregnancy are always your choice. Many women find it reassuring to know if they have a healthy pregnancy and to prepare for the birth.
As the pregnancy progresses, ultrasounds can help determine the size, position of the baby, placenta and amniotic fluid levels to help determine that there will not be any major complications.
As we are completing the ultrasound, the results are immediately available on the screen in the office for the patient and doctor to view together and immediately discuss results and answer any questions.
Ultrasound is a safe procedure that has been used for both fetal monitoring and diagnostic testing for years.