What is an obstetric ultrasound?
Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and determine the condition of a pregnancy.
Why do you perform ultrasounds?
The Limited ultrasound exam performed at WPC is used to determine the following:
- Confirm pregnancy
- Detect fetal heart beat
- Determine fetal age
- Determine due date
- Confirm whether the pregnancy is intrauterine
WPC does not perform Comprehensive ultrasounds to detect congenital or organ abnormalities. A referral can be given for a comprehensive ultrasound.
Who will conduct the ultrasound?
Obstetric ultrasound examinations will be provided by either the staff doctor (OB/GYN), nurse practitioners, or nurses who are trained in limited obstetrical ultrasound. All medical staff report directly to WPC’s Medical Director who reviews every medical chart.
How should I prepare for an ultrasound?
You should drink several 8oz glasses of water soon before your arrival to the clinic and refrain from urinating until after the ultrasound has been performed. It’s helpful to wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing for the examination.