Obstetric Ultrasound

Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience for both the mother and father of a child. One of the most memorable moments in any pregnancy is first viewing the fetus via an obstetrical ultrasound. In addition to this, ultrasound has many other purposes for expectant mothers.

Request more information about obstetrical ultrasound today: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

What is Obstetric Ultrasound?

Obstetric ultrasound is a type of imaging technology used to evaluate the condition of the fetus and reproductive system during pregnancy. There are many different uses for obstetric ultrasound and sonography.

Reasons for receiving an obstetrical ultrasound include:

Obstetric ultrasound can also determine the gender of the fetus, typically around 11 - 13 weeks into the pregnancy. Some parents elect to avoid this information, instead wishing to be surprised upon the birth of the child.

How does Obstetric Ultrasound Work?

As the name implies, ultrasound makes use of powerful sound waves. Utilizing a special tool known as a transducer, the physician or ultrasound technician transmits the waves directly through the skin.

Obstetric ultrasound is a completely non-invasive procedure. The ultrasound machine typically includes a viewing screen, in which both the technician and the parents of the child can view the fetus. Oftentimes, ultrasound photos are available on request.

The sound waves used during the procedure are delivered at a specific frequency, designed to cause no harm to the mother or fetus. The general process of an obstetric ultrasound is as follows:

Some technicians also make use of Doppler ultrasound and 3D ultrasound. Doppler ultrasound allows blood vessels to be more accurately tracked, while 3D ultrasound provides a more detailed image of the area.

Request Ultrasound Information Today

Ultrasound is a fundamental part of any pregnancy. Request more information about obstetric ultrasound today: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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