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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. 

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