Ultrasound technology works by sending high-frequency sound waves into the body, and then using the echoes of those sound waves to produce pictures of internal structures.
Ultrasound images provide information about a pregnancy that cannot be determined with pregnancy testing alone.
How Does Ultrasound Technology Work for Pregnancy?
When you hear the word “ultrasound,” pregnancy likely comes to mind. It is one of the most common uses of this imaging technology.
During a fetal ultrasound, a sonographer will either place a transducer wand either on your belly or in your vagina (for very early pregnancy). The sonographer may apply a gel over your belly to help the sound waves move more easily.
The transducer will then emit sound waves into your uterus. These will echo off of the fetus’ tissue, bones, and fluids and back to the transducer. Once received, the transducer will translate the echoes into images on the screen. You will see a black and white moving picture. This is a picture of the inside of your body!
What Does an Ultrasound Tell Me?
An ultrasound will tell you three things:
- Pregnancy Gestation – How far along is my pregnancy?
- Viability – Does my pregnancy have a heartbeat, and is it progressing?
- Pregnancy Location – Is the pregnancy ectopic?
The answers to these questions will determine which pregnancy options are available to you. If you’re over ten weeks pregnant, you will no longer be eligible for the abortion pill. If you have a non-viable pregnancy, you will not need an abortion, but you might need medical attention.
It’s critical to know these details before making any pregnancy decisions for your health and safety.
How Do I Get a No-Cost Ultrasound?
If you think you might be pregnant, schedule a no-cost appointment at our center for pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to find out for sure. While the average cost of a fetal ultrasound is around $200, we offer ultrasounds at no cost to you.
Contact us online to schedule yours today!