If you think you may be pregnant or have received a positive pregnancy test, you may have questions regarding ultrasounds. Regardless of whether you are considering an abortion or carrying to term, getting an ultrasound while pregnant is extremely important in protecting your health and overall well-being.
Using high-frequency sound waves, an ultrasound sends out signals that bounce back to an ultrasound translator. These signals are then transmitted into a two-dimensional image based on the time it takes each soundwave to bounce back to the translator. Newer technology allows for images to be displayed in either 2D, 3D, or 4D (which is 3D in motion).
Mayfair Diagnostics notes that “Ultrasounds have been used for over sixty years and are considered safe because there are no known risks and they don’t use radiation. It’s one of the most commonly ordered imaging exams since it’s versatile, portable, relatively inexpensive, non-invasive, and can provide real-time information about the area of concern.”
However, the FDA does recommend that ultrasounds only be used when there is a true medical need.
Since ultrasounds are able to provide non-invasive images of internal organs, they are used for a myriad of examinations besides pregnancy, including imaging of the:
For pregnancy, ultrasounds are used to protect the health of the woman and to ensure the pregnancy is developing normally. An ultrasound can help determine if there are any pregnancy complications that may negatively affect the woman, such as an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is one which grows outside of the uterus and poses a great risk to the woman’s health. This type of complication requires medical intervention.
Free Ultrasound Services
It’s essential to protect your health with pregnancy verification via ultrasound. We offer free limited ultrasounds (if you’re eligible), and pregnancy testing. All our services are free and confidential.
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