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What is Ultrasound?

How is ultrasound used during pregnancy?

  • Age of fetus
  • Fetal size and growth
  • Fetal position
  • Placental location
  • Amniotic fluid volume
  • Number of fetuses
  • Cervical length
  • Fetal gender
  • Detection of certain birth defects (not all can be detected by ultrasound and some defects may develop later in the pregnancy after the anatomic survey)

What should I do to prepare for my ultrasound?

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive late to your appointment your exam may need to be rescheduled. There is seating for 2 guests in most of our ultrasound rooms. If small children are brought to the exam please have another adult (not the patient) to supervise them.

When will I get an ultrasound?

  • First Trimester Screening - 11 to 14 weeks (Optional)
  • Fetal Anatomy Survey - 18-22 weeks
  • Other scans may be necessary as needed

When will I receive the results of my ultrasound?

After the exam, a physician will review the ultrasound and go over the results with you. This will take place at your next OB appointment (typically right after the ultrasound).

What about 3D and 4D ultrasound?

Not all of our equipment has the capability of 3D/4D ultrasound. 2D imaging is the standard imaging technique. 3D/4D imaging may be used to enhance an exam when a specific problem is suspected. If time allows and the fetus is in the correct position, the sonographer MAY attempt to take 3D/4D images. We do not guarantee that patients will receive this type of ultrasound during their pregnancy. Exams done in this office are for diagnostic purposes only.

*Pictures and Video Recording are Not Allowed During Ultrasound Exams.

Contact our office with any questions or to schedule an appointment - 515.875.9290

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