How does ultrasound work?
A ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, transmitted through the abdomen via a device called a transducer. With prenatal ultrasound, the echoes are recorded and transformed into video or photographic images of your baby.
What will I be able to see with an ultrasound?
The ultrasound can be used during pregnancy to show images of the baby, amniotic sac, placenta, and ovaries. Major anatomical abnormalities or birth defects are visible on an ultrasound. However, Go Life ultrasounds are limited to showing a viable pregnancy and life-confirming information.
What is the prenatal ultrasound process and what can be identified?
Most prenatal ultrasound procedures are performed topically, or on the surface of the skin, using a gel as a conductive medium to aid in the image quality. However, a transvaginal ultrasound is an alternative procedure in which a tubular probe is inserted into the birth canal. This method of ultrasound produces an enhanced image quality and often times additional information. It may be used early in pregnancy to get a clearer view of the uterus or ovaries if a problem is suspected. It can also be used to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy (gestational age). Transvaginal ultrasound is also used to evaluate the cervix for problems such as shortening which may increase your risk of early labor.
Is ultrasound risky?
All medical procedures have risk. But, there’s no evidence to show a prenatal ultrasound done properly will harm a mother or her unborn child. Done properly means it’s performed by a trained technician, called a sonographer. Ultrasound does not use radiation, as other procedures, such as X-rays.
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