Ultrasound Imaging

Dating Ultrasound (less than 14 weeks gestation)

A dating ultrasound will be performed assuming you are less than 14 weeks pregnant at the time you begin prenatal care with CHI Health Clinic. You will need to have a full bladder for this appointment. You will be required to partially undress and it's possible a vaginal exam may be performed. For your comfort and privacy please only invite friends and family you feel comfortable undressing in front of, as the exam must be performed on bare skin. Ultrasound results will be discussed with you by your care provider.

20 Week Ultrasound

An ultrasound will be done at approximately 20 weeks gestation.  At this ultrasound the technologist will measure your baby's head and abdomen. Amniotic fluid will be measured and the placenta assessed. Your baby's umbilical cord, kidneys, bladder, hands and feet will all be checked. You will need to have a full bladder for this appointment. You will be required to partially undress. For your comfort and privacy please only invite friends and family you feel comfortable undressing in front of, as the exam must be performed on bare skin. Depending on fetal position it may be possible to find out your baby's gender at this appointment. Please keep in mind that sex determination is, at best, an educated guess. Ultrasound results will be discussed with you by your care provider.

Gynecologic Ultrasounds

Ultrasound is very useful in diagnosing a variety of gynecologic issues. Ultrasound is a relatively non-invasive way to view the reproductive organs in the pelvis and identify potential problems. Ultrasound can be used to identify problems including uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, and many other issues. The need for an ultrasound will be determined by your care provider. You will need to have a full bladder for this appointment. You will be required to partially undress as the exam must be performed on bare skin. It is possible a vaginal exam may be performed. For your comfort and privacy this type of appointment is not appropriate for the presence of children.

Transvaginal Ultrasound

It's a pelvic ultrasound, which is a more efficient way to look at the female reproductive track or the uterus, tubes, ovaries and cervix. A transvaginal ultrasound is performed for many different reasons. It's used to evaluate abnormal bleeding or abnormal findings on an exam. It can also be used for infertility issues, chronic pelvic pain, or to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. During pregnancy it's used to date a first trimester ultrasound and to evaluate bleeding.

You will start with an empty bladder. You will undress from the waist down and then lay on the table. A cover will be placed over the probe or the wand and then inserted into the vagina. A series of pictures or images will be taken. From those images we can determine if there is an abnormality with the uterus, tubes, ovaries, or cervix. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. You will feel some mild pressure but no pain -- and the results are immediate.



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