Our limited obstetric ultrasound will determine these three critical pieces of information to know about your pregnancy:
determining the gestational age( measurement) and due date
confirming the pregnancy is intrauterine
visualization and measurement of baby's heartbeat
A client with a positive pregnancy test will be evaluated by a qualified registered nurse to determine eligibility for an ultrasound. If appropriate, an ultrasound is offered and provided if client desires.
Ultrasonography is the transmission of high frequency sound waves through the body tissue which are reflected back from this tissue to a transducer and converted into images. From the transducer an image of the baby is displayed on the monitor screen. These images are then sent to our radiologist who reviews them and determines the viability of the pregnancy.
Only license registered nurses trained in the limited obstetrical ultrasound, and with documented competency per Medical Director, may perform ultrasound examinations. A licensed registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) may also perform ultrasound examinations.
Typically we allow one person to come in for the ultrasound. Exceptions may be made by nurse's discretion. The nurse and an LCVC Client Advocate will be in attendance.
All of our services are free. Ultrasounds are effectively performed starting six weeks from the clients first day of their last menstrual period, which should be considered when scheduling appointments. Performance of an ultrasound is at the expressed consent of a registered nurse. A typical client receives one to two ultrasounds. This may vary based on client's needs. Please feel free to call with any questions.
One of the most important things you can do at the beginning of your pregnancy is to confirm viability with a limited obstetric ultrasound. Our limited obstetric ultrasound will establish verification of an intrauterine pregnancy, estimate the gestational age of the baby, and detect the baby’s fetal heart motion.
Our threshold for scanning is a six week pregnancy, based on the first day of your last menstrual period. After discussion with the nurse regarding the accuracy of your dates , the nurse will perform the ultrasound if client desires. The heartbeat can be visualized via ultrasound at six weeks although it begins beating at 21 days.