What Is A limited obstetric ultrasound?

A limited obstetric ultrasound is often recommended when more information about a medical condition is needed. Limited obstetric ultrasound scans are regularly used to learn more about a woman’s pregnancy.

Limited obstetric ultrasound is an imaging method that uses sound waves to produce images from within your body. During the procedure, a gel-like substance is applied to the outside of your abdomen. Our sonographer or trained technician presses a small hand-held device through the gel to capture images from the echoes of sound waves.

Why Do I Need a limited obstetric ultrasound?

A limited obstetric ultrasound is critical for your health and safety. It answers three crucial questions about your pregnancy.

1. Is My pregnancy viable (growing)or Am I at Risk for a miscarriage?

According to experts, as many as 26% of pregnancies may end in a natural miscarriage. Many women miscarry before they even realize they are pregnant. You can get a positive pregnancy test result days or even weeks after a miscarriage.

The potential for a miscarriage is one of the reasons we recommend taking more than one pregnancy test. A limited obstetric ultrasound reveals if your pregnancy is growing by finding a detectable heartbeat.

2. Where Is My Pregnancy Located?

Although rare, some pregnancies begin growing in the wrong location. These types of pregnancies are known as ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the uterus.

A fertilized egg can continue growing, causing life-threatening harm. Diagnosing and treating this medical condition quickly is vital.

3. How Far Along Am I in my Pregnancy?

Many women are surprised to learn they’ve been pregnant longer than they suspected. It is difficult to calculate when you ovulate, and sperm can remain alive in a woman’s body for up to 5 days. Knowing the number of weeks you have been pregnant helps determine your options.

Assurance Care provides no-cost limited obstetric ultrasound scans to give you the necessary information to make a confident decision.

Schedule an appointment for your no-cost pregnancy test and see if you qualify for a limited obstetric ultrasound.