Pregnant: 5 Types of Ultrasounds to Know About

ultrasonographyIf you just found out you are expecting a baby, congratulations! As one of the most exciting and life-changing things you will ever do, pregnancy can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. Luckily, with the help of your doctors, you can ensure that your baby is as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy. And, as one of the best ways to keep track of your baby’s growth and overall health, your doctors will use a variety of different sonograms throughout your pregnancy. Although your doctor likely won’t use all types of sonograms during your pregnancy, this article will discuss seven different types that are used. Read on to learn more.

Transvaginal Scans:

This type of ultrasound uses a transvaginal probe to look at your tubes, uterus, ovaries, cervix, and pelvic area. Used primarily during the early stages of pregnancy, transvaginal scans are predominantly used amongst women who are undergoing In Vitro fertilization or similar treatments.

Standard Ultrasound

Typically done at around 20 weeks of gestation, a standard ultrasound creates a 2D image of the developing fetus. A standard ultrasound is used to look for the heartbeat, growth, development, and any congenital disabilities like cleft lip or palate.

Advanced Ultrasound

This type of ultrasound is much like a standard ultrasound but is used when there is a specific problem that is detected. By using more advanced equipment, an advanced ultrasound is used to help the doctor take a closer look at the suspected problem.

4-D Ultrasounds

This type of ultrasound has gained popularity in the past 5-10 years and typically isn’t done in a doctor’s office. By creating a 3D image of your baby, soon-to-be parents specifically like this type of ultrasound because it creates a 3D image scan of your baby so that you can get a more intimate look.

Fetal Echocardiography

This type of ultrasound is used to take a closer look at the anatomy of the heart. If you either have a family history of heart problems or if the doctor notices a problem in your standard ultrasound, they may order this type of scan.

With the help of ultrasound technology, you can ensure that your baby is growing at the rate it should and without any health problems. To learn more about these ultrasounds and more, contact UTMB Radiology today!

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