Obstetrical Ultrasound

Obstetric ultrasound is a specialized exam using sound waves to visualize and determine the condition of a pregnant woman and the embryo or fetus. The procedure also monitors the health of the mother's uterus, ovaries, and the blood flow through the umbilical cord to the placenta.

Common Uses of the Procedure

  • Obstetrical ultrasound is a useful clinical test to:
  • Establish the presence of a living embryo/fetus
  • Estimate the age of the pregnancy
  • Diagnose congenital abnormalities of the fetus
  • Evaluate the position of the fetus
  • Evaluate the position of the placenta
  • Determine if there are multiple pregnancies
  • Determine the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby
  • Check for opening or shortening of the cervix
  • Assess fetal growth
  • Assess fetal well-being

Benefits

  • Ultrasound is the preferred imaging modality for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnant women and their unborn babies.
  • Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use radiation.
  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.
  • Ultrasound has been used to evaluate pregnancy for nearly four decades and there has been no evidence of harm to the patient, embryo or fetus.
  • Nevertheless, ultrasound should be performed only when medically indicated.
  • Ultrasound allows the doctor to see inside the uterus and provides much information about the pregnancy.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins accepted if time permits, please call to enquire. If a general ultrasound is being requested, please fax the requisition to 905-499-1440

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