An important aspect of pregnancy care is ultrasound imaging, which allows you to see and monitor growth and development.

By the end of this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of ultrasound technology. This knowledge will empower you to make the most of your ultrasound appointments and better understand your pregnancy.

What is Ultrasound Technology?

An ultrasound, also known as sonography, is digital imagery created by high-frequency sound waves emitted by a tool called a transducer. It visualizes the body’s internal structures and produces a digital image of your pregnancy.

How Does the Ultrasound Work?

First, the technician, also called a sonographer, will either place gel on your abdomen or insert a transducer vaginally and then will target your uterus with the sound waves. The sound waves will bounce off the fetus and other structures of the uterus, creating echoes that the transducer then detects.

What’s the Purpose of a Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound?

During a limited obstetrical ultrasound, you can monitor fetal viability, growth, and development. This scan will inform you of the pregnancy’s well-being and alert you of some possible complications. For example:

  • Gestational age: Confirming the pregnancy’s age will help you understand the eligibility for specific procedures. For example, medication abortion is only FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestational age.
  • Pregnancy Location: Knowing where the pregnancy has implanted can alert you to the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, which is a condition that requires immediate medical attention.
  • Pregnancy Viability: Ultrasounds can also inform you if the pregnancy is living and progressing as expected.

How to Schedule a Free Ultrasound

At Crystal Women’s Clinic, we offer free lab-quality pregnancy tests and limited obstetrical ultrasounds with a positive pregnancy test, where you can learn more about your pregnancy and get peace of mind.

We provide a safe, supportive space for you to learn and ask questions about your pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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