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Ultrasound During Pregnancy

ultrasound-during-pregnancy.jpgAlthough the terms ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, they are used interchangeably and reference the same exam. Ultrasounds are often done to look at fetal growth and to detect fetal and other anomalies. Prenatal ultrasound cannot diagnose all malformations and problems of an unborn baby. Reported figures of detection of major malformations range from 40 to 90 percent, so one should never interpret a normal scan report as a guarantee that the baby will be completely normal. Some abnormalities are very difficult to find, and other abnormalities are unlikely to ever be seen on a prenatal ultrasound.

In pregnancy an ultrasound can be done through the abdomen, with an abdominal probe, or transvaginally with a transvaginal probe.

Ultrasound scan is currently considered to be a safe, non-invasive, accurate and cost-effective investigation in the fetus. It has progressively become an indispensible obstetric tool and plays an important role in the care of every pregnant woman. 

During pregnancy, ultrasound is usually used for the following reasons:

  • Diagnosis and confirmation of early pregnancy.
  • Calculating fetal measurements
  • Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy.
  • Determination of gestational age and assessment of fetal size.
  • Anatomy: Diagnosis of fetal malformation.
  • Placental localization
  • Cervical length
  • Fetal size
  • Multiple pregnancies.
  • Amniotic fluid: Too much (Hydramnios) and too little (Oligohydramnios)
  • Other areas.

 

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