A limited obstetrical ultrasound is a medical examination used to confirm a pregnancy. Though a positive pregnancy test proves there is the human development hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) present, the body will still produce enough HCG to show a positive test even when the woman may in fact be naturally miscarrying the pregnancy.
A limited obstetrical ultrasound confirms that a pregnancy is: within the uterus (intrauterine), has a steady heartbeat (viable), and is developing at a normal rate. An early ultrasound (done in the first 12 weeks) is also the most accurate predictor of conception and due date.
(Note: A standard second trimester ultrasound will also typically be performed by the physician for clients enrolled in our on-site prenatal program. See our page about Prenatal Care for more information about enrolling in this program).
Our ultrasounds are offered free of charge with a confirmed positive pregnancy test completed at our center.
We provide ultrasounds to any client who has a positive pregnancy test completed at our center or to women who are referred under certain circumstances. Please call to schedule an appointment.
What to Expect
Drink a full glass of water prior to your ultrasound appointment. Do not empty your bladder. You are encouraged to bring the father of the baby or another person with you to be in attendance during the ultrasound scan.
About the Scan
Ultrasound has been in use for over 30 years and is recognized by medical professionals as a safe and beneficial tool that can be used during pregnancy. High frequency sound waves are produced by the ultrasound machine and sent into the body though a transducer that is either placed on the abdomen or inserted into the vagina (transvaginal). A transvaginal approach may provide greater resolution in early pregnancy. Echos are then received back and electronically translated into dots (white and black) on a monitor producing a picture.
About our Ultrasound Equipment
Our GE Logiq P5 4d/3d Ultrasound Equipment is capable of 4-dimensional and 3-dimensional (4d/3d) ultrasound imaging (sometimes called 4d Ultrasounds or 3d Ultrasounds). The limited obstetrical ultrasounds conducted early in pregnancy will typically be conducted using 2d imaging. Standard second trimester ultrasounds in our prenatal program may include 4d/3d imaging.