| What is Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves. The waves bounce off tissue and return to the ultrasound machine at different frequencies, depending on the density of the tissue.Ultrasound machine is a highly specialized computer that translates the returning sound waves into images for viewing on its computer monitor. Our machine is a GE Voluson E8 expert.Only the very best for you!
When is the best time to have an ultrasound performed?
Ultrasound can be performed at any time during the pregnancy, but the best 3D/4D ultrasound results are generally acquired between 25 and 32 weeks. We recommend 27 to 29 weeks, if at all possible. Very late in the pregnancy, the baby gets very crowded and it is difficult to view the face.
Why do I need a full bladder for my ultrasound exam?
For ultrasound studies of the pelvis or obstetrical (prenatal) ultrasounds the full bladder acts as a window into the body. It pushes some of the organs (like gas within the bowel) away, and allows us to see much more clearly. A full bladder is absolutely essential for these examinations.
Why do I need to be fasting for my abdominal ultrasound?
Fluid and gas within the stomach after eating interferes with the ability of the ultrasound to see the inner organs. In addition, many foods contain fat which cause the gallbladder to contract which results in poor assessment of that organ.
What is the point of the blood test?
The blood test measures the level of a hormone called HCG in the bloodstream. This hormone is produced from the outset of a pregnancy. We know what the level of this hormone should be for any particular stage of an early pregnancy and also the rate at which it should rise or fall. This is useful in diagnosing either en ectopic pregnancy or a failing pregnancy.