Your Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan
As part of your antenatal care you are having an ultrasound examination (also known as a level II ultrasound scan or sonogram) of your pregnancy. Ultrasound examination of the fetus during pregnancy is generally considered safe when limited to that required to produce the needed information . The examination does not involve x-rays.
Usually the examination will be through your abdomen and you should have a full bladder. For the examination you will be asked to lie down on an examination table and a clear gel will be applied to your skin over your abdomen . The gel will help to transmit the sound waves generated by the ultrasound probe. The sound waves that bounce back to the ultrasound probe are used to create pictures on the ultrasound monitor similar to a television screen.
Sometimes the examination will be done through the vagina (transvaginal) to provide a more detailed image, but the doctor will talk to you about this if it proves necessary.
The examination will look for abnormalities in your baby or babies and
will attempt to determine the age and size of your baby or babies. The
examination will also look for abnormalities in the placenta. If you do decide to have an
ultrasound examination we will assume
that you wish to know about anything that we find.
If a problem is found you will be told at the time of the examination that there is a problem. A full discussion of the problem may require you to come back to the office for further evaluation. Some problems that need repeat examination are not serious or are "false alarms".
The examination can sometimes tell what sex the baby appears to be, but
not always. If you do not want to know the sex of
your baby, please inform the examiner before you begin the examination.
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