Ultrasound - What Can We Learn?
Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to produce a visual image of the developing baby.
By looking at this visual image, the physician may be able to determine:
- How far along you are in your pregnancy
- Whether there is more than one baby
- Size and position of your baby
In most cases, a conductive jelly will be applied to the mother's abdomen and the transducer will be pressed onto your skin to obtain an image. The image will then appear on a monitor. A printout of your developing baby is provided to you.
Sometimes it is necessary to perform a transvaginal ultrasound. In this case, the transducer is passed into the vaginal canal and is rotated to obtain an image. You may experience some pressure during this procedure.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Genetics Center at St. Mary's Hospital for Women & Children is the first in the Tri-State to offer Real Time 4-D ultrasound. While 3-D sonography can show the contours of the developing baby, 4-D sonography offers live action images of the baby. Our family-centered atmosphere allows for patients will view ultrasound images live on a 32 inch television screen.