For many women making a decision about their pregnancy, the ultrasound answers the important question, “How far along am I?”
In some cases, accurate dating serves as a guide to determine the kind of care you need or which termination procedure is available to you.
The ultrasound can confirm if the pregnancy is viable and alert you if there are other health concerns to be aware of. Tubal pregnancies or miscarriage have been reported to occur in as many as 20-25% of pregnancies.
Measure the size of the fetus, which gives us its age.
Confirm if there is a fetal heart beating, which indicates it’s viable.
Identify if the pregnancy is growing in your uterus.
Try to identify if there is more than one fetus.
Identify possible miscarriage
If the nurse is not able to verify viability or that it is in your uterus, referrals to local ERs or clinics will be given to you.
The type of ultrasound we offer is a limited ultrasound, not a diagnostic ultrasound.
There are medical guidelines for ultrasound services. If your circumstances meet the medical criteria for an ultrasound, we will coordinate services the same day or schedule a follow-up visit. The average appointment time, with an ultrasound, is 1.5 hours.
The pregnancy calculator below provides an estimate of your due date. For accurate dating, please schedule an ultrasound.
WHAT IS ULTRASOUND?
Ultrasound is a technique that uses sound waves to project a picture of an embryo or fetus in the womb. Ultrasound works by sending and receiving sound waves off the developing fetus. Echoes from the waves are converted into an image, called a sonogram, as seen on a monitor. Ultrasounds have been used for more than 30 years, and no risks have been identified.