Benefits of Prenatal Ultrasound Tests
Posted by Premier Ultrasound
An ultrasound is an easy procedure often used during pregnancy to acquire images of the developing baby. There are a few different types of ultrasounds that can be used, and specific reasons and benefits behind each one. Follow our guide to learn all about prenatal ultrasounds and what they can do for you and your baby!
Often used to confirm pregnancy during the first trimester, an ultrasound gives you the first glimpse of your growing baby. This first ultrasound will establish the health of your early pregnancy and confirm your due date.
During the second trimester, another ultrasound is often performed to image all parts of your baby in detail; this is the time when it may be possible to determine the baby's gender. This is an exciting time for many parents and a moment they wait in great anticipation for. Ultrasounds performed later in pregnancy are to evaluate growth and fetal wellbeing.
3D and 4D Ultrasounds
3D and 4D scanning are beneficial techniques in the diagnosis and monitoring of potential problems during pregnancy. During a 3D ultrasound, you will be able to see a three dimensional image of your baby. Similar to the 3D ultrasound, the 4D ultrasound provides a three dimensional image of the baby, you are watching the images live.
The FDA recommends obtaining these ultrasounds only by experienced registered diagnostic medical sonographers only at their medical ultrasounds. Many sonographers will be able to provide you with this special view and a keepsake image.
This procedure is used if your doctor suspects the baby has a congenital heart defect or if this medical abnormality runs in your family. The echocardiography displays a detailed image of the baby’s developing heart, its rhythm and blood flow. A fetal echocardiography is usually performed near 18 weeks of gestation, but can be done as early as 12 weeks.
Interested in more information on prenatal ultrasounds and what procedure is best for you and your developing infant? Contact Premier Ultrasound Services today!