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Ultrasound waves are used in obstetric ultrasonography to generate pictures of the baby (embryo or fetus) within a pregnant woman's uterus and ovaries. It is the preferred method of monitoring pregnant women and their unborn children since it is non-ionizing and has no known side effects. This examination may involve Doppler ultrasonography, which measures blood flow in the umbilical cord, fetus, or placenta. Obstetric ultrasonography shows the embryo or baby within a woman's uterus, as well as the uterus and ovaries of the mother.

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- Establish the presence of a living embryo/fetus

- Estimate the age of the pregnancy

- Diagnose congenital abnormalities of the fetus

- Evaluate the position of the fetus

- Determine if there are multiple pregnancies

- Determine the amount of amniotic fluid

- Check for opening or shortening of the cervix

- Assess fetal growth

- Assess fetal well-being

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How does ultrasound work?

A sonographer applies a special gel to the probe before handing it over. The sound waves form a live image that is shown on a nearby computer screen.


Do I need to prepare before having an ultrasound?

Before having an ultrasound, don't eat or drink for a certain number of hours.

Are ultrasound scans safe?

Yes. Ultrasound, unlike X-rays and CT scans, does not use radiation. According to research, ultrasound does not have any negative side effects.

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