Fetal Exam

What is a Fetal Ultrasound?

A fetal ultrasound allows visualization of the fetus, uterus and ovaries. Information about the size and position of a fetus, number of fetuses and growth and development can be obtained by ultrasound.

It can be performed safely at anytime during the pregnancy from as early as five weeks onward.

How do I prepare for the exam?

There is no preparation for this exam.

What will happen during the exam?

You will lie down on a table for the exam and the sonographer will put a warm gel on your abdomen. The gel is water-based and will not stain your clothing. The gel maximizes contact between the skin producing high quality images. The sonographer will then move a transducer over the abdomen in order to obtain the necessary images. When the exam is over, the sonographer will wipe off the gel.

If you are less than twelve weeks pregnant, you will need to have a vaginal ultrasound performed. This procedure is similar to an internal exam that is performed at your doctor’s office and is performed after emptying your bladder. A specially designed disinfected transducer will be inserted into your vagina, which allows better visualization of your pelvic organs.

How long will the procedure take?

The exam may take up to one hour.

What will happen after the exam?

After the exam, the technologist will process your images using a computer. A radiologist will evaluate the images within 24 hours and dictate a report which will be sent to your physician.

How will I receive my results?

You will receive the results from your physician.

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