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An ultrasound can help you and your physician get to know your baby before he or she is born. Ultrasound technology is helpful in many fields of medicine, but particularly beneficial to women, especially when expecting a child. Ultrasound is also helpful for women having other gynecological problems, such as heavy or irregular bleeding, uterine fibroids, or polyps.
Evergreen Women's Health Center is pleased to offer ultrasound services to our patients in our office during normal business hours.
Ultrasound uses the same principal of sonar. Sound waves from the ultrasound probe, (far beyond the range of hearing), bounce off your uterus and your developing fetus producing echoes which a computer converts into detailed images.
There has been extensive evaluation of the safety of ultrasound over the course of 15 years. There is no evidence that diagnostic ultrasound causes harm to either the mother or the fetus.
While a basic sonogram will detect many abnormalities, it is not definitive for fetal malformations. Despite a normal interpretation of the procedure, some babies may be born with anomalies not identified by the examiner during the study. You should understand that even with a complete sonogram, the certified sonographer and the physician may still be unable to find fetal abnormalities that are later discovered after birth. Therefore, it should not be considered as absolute proof of the absence of fetal defects.
Should you have any questions concerning ultrasonography, do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor or the sonographer performing your ultrasound before undergoing the procedure.