Obstetric Ultrasound in Dearborn, MI
Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience for both the mother and father of a child. One of the most memorable moments in any pregnancy is first viewing the fetus via an obstetrical ultrasound. In addition to this, ultrasound has many other purposes for expectant mothers.
Request more information about obstetrical ultrasound today: call (313) 228-3098 or contact West Village OBGYN online.
What is Obstetric Ultrasound?
Obstetric ultrasound is a type of imaging technology used to evaluate the condition of the fetus and reproductive system during pregnancy. There are many different uses for obstetric ultrasound and sonography.
Reasons for receiving an obstetrical ultrasound include:
- Determine the age of the pregnancy.
- Ensure the embryo or fetus has a beating heart.
- Diagnose any abnormalities or deformities present in the fetus.
- Determine the size of the fetus.
- Assure the fetus is positioned correctly.
- Ensure the placenta is properly positioned
- Check for amniotic fluid levels.
Obstetric ultrasound can also determine the gender of the fetus, typically around 11 - 13 weeks into the pregnancy. Some parents elect to avoid this information, instead wishing to be surprised upon the birth of the child.
How does Obstetric Ultrasound Work?
As the name implies, ultrasound makes use of powerful sound waves. Utilizing a special tool known as a transducer, the physician or ultrasound technician transmits the waves directly through the skin.
Obstetric ultrasound is a completely non-invasive procedure. The ultrasound machine typically includes a viewing screen, in which both the technician and the parents of the child can view the fetus. Oftentimes, ultrasound photos are available on request.
The sound waves used during the procedure are delivered at a specific frequency, designed to cause no harm to the mother or fetus. The general process of an obstetric ultrasound is as follows:
- The mother rests face-up on an examination table.
- A warm water-based gel is applied to the part of the body that will be analyzed, typically the stomach.
- The transducer is placed against the area and moved around. This typically causes no pain.
Some technicians also make use of Doppler ultrasound and 3D ultrasound. Doppler ultrasound allows blood vessels to be more accurately tracked, while 3D ultrasound provides a more detailed image of the area.
Request Ultrasound Information Today
Ultrasound is a fundamental part of any pregnancy. Request more information about obstetric ultrasound today: call (313) 228-3098 or contact West Village OBGYN online.
West Village OBGYN
Address22074 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124