What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a type of exam that uses sound waves to create images of the internal organs. During pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to determine the viability of the fetus, age of the fetus, location of the placenta, fetal position/movement/breathing/heart rate, amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus, and number of fetuses. An ultrasound can also be used to detect certain types of birth defects or problems.
Typically a standard ultrasound exam is performed between 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy. Caris also offers earlier ultrasounds than the standard timeframe.
An ultrasound is performed by a health care provider or trained technician within a health care provider’s office or hospital. Depending on the week of pregnancy, one can have a transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound. A transabdominal ultrasound is commonly used unless one is early in the pregnancy. Currently there is no evidence that an ultrasound is harmful to a woman or the developing fetus. Please note this information was provided by American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Caris offers free ultrasounds for women who have a positive pregnancy test. Our ultrasounds are performed by a Licensed Registered Nurse and can give you more information about your pregnancy, including:
- Finding Out How Far Along You Are in Your Pregnancy
- Determining the Viability of the Pregnancy
Our ultrasounds are painless and discreet. They are performed in a private ultrasound room. A counselor will be present with you during the ultrasound and if you’d like, you can also bring a friend or family member.