Obstetrical ultrasound uses harmless sound waves to visualize the developing baby inside a pregnant woman’s uterus. The woman’s ovaries can also be examined during the same exam. The main advantage of using ultrasound is that no ionizing radiation (X-rays) is used, which makes ultrasound completely safe for mother and baby. Doppler ultrasound may also be performed to measure the blood flow to the umbilical cord, fetus, or placenta.
By using a special ultrasound transducer (probe), obstetrical ultrasound can visualize the body and organs of the developing baby, such as the baby’s size, heartbeat, and body movement. This helps doctors detect if there are any problems with fetal development or with the mother’s internal anatomy while it adapts to each phase of pregnancy.
More basic information on ultrasound is available in the About Ultrasound section.
Obstetrical ultrasound can be recommended in various situations associated with pregnancy, such as to:
Since ultrasound can produce real-time images, fetal movement and heartbeat can be seen on the monitor screen.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for the exam. If your clothes can be pulled down to expose your lower abdomen, you may not have to change into a gown.
To schedule an obstetrical ultrasound, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days.
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