What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a medical technique that uses sound wave signals to help you and your doctor see what’s going on beyond your baby bump. At Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn, our skilled staff can perform an ultrasound for you, providing you with a first-time look at how your baby is developing and handling its very first weeks of life.
Your Ob/Gyn can use an ultrasound to identify if you are having multiple babies, or help determine if you are susceptible to a high-risk pregnancy.
Different Ultrasound Technologies Available
From transvaginal scans for viewing your baby in one of its earliest forms of life to 4-D ultrasounds for capturing detailed images of your baby’s facial expressions, there are various ultrasound technologies available for tracking your baby’s development. Ultrasound technologies include:
- Transvaginal scans
- Doppler ultrasound
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Standard ultrasound
- Advanced ultrasound
- Fetal echocardiography
What Do Doctors Look For?
If you are unsure of what your doctor is looking for in an ultrasound, you can always ask questions along the way. Some things a pregnancy ultrasound may be used for are:
- Identifying the number of babies
- Checking the heartbeat of the fetus
- Providing the gestational age of your fetus
- Detecting molar pregnancy
- Diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy
- Diagnosing an abdominal pregnancy
- Providing a due date
- Identifying miscarriage risks
How Often Do You Need Ultrasounds During Pregnancy?
As a mother-to-be, you may have a strong instinct and desire to check on your baby as often as you can. With your baby still in your belly, an ultrasound may seem like the only available method to do so. Knowing how many ultrasounds you can get during your pregnancy and how many ultrasounds are safe during your pregnancy is important in ensuring that your baby is monitored safely and appropriately.
At What Points During Pregnancy Do You Need An Ultrasound?
Typically, your doctor will schedule two ultrasound appointments; one towards the end of your first trimester around 11-13 weeks when genetic screenings can be performed if desired, and one between 20-22 weeks for a full anatomy scan, to ensure proper fetal growth and development.
It is generally recommended that ultrasounds only be performed for medical reasons.
Are There Any Risks To Pregnancy Ultrasounds?
Although there are theoretical risks, there are no known risks to the baby or the mother. Our exposure goal is ALARA, as low as reasonably achievable, to reduce exposure and risk of effecting the potential for tissue heating.
Schedule An Ultrasound
As ultrasound technology should be used only in medically necessary cases, all ultrasound appointments must be ordered by a provider in our office after your first office visit before they can be scheduled. With specialized care and cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology, Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn offers a wide variety of gynecologic and obstetric services from leaders in Ob/Gyn research development. Call 937.771.5100 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.