Ultrasound, or sonography, uses sound waves to image all different parts of the body. Using a small probe called a transducer and gel applied directly on the skin, high-frequency sound waves travel from the probe through the gel into the body. The probe collects the sounds that bounce back, and a computer uses those sound waves to produce an image. Images are captured in real-time, showing the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, and even blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound is safe and painless, and uses no radiation. It is widely utilized for all body parts, including fetal, and all age patients, and provides images of soft tissues that don't show up on x-ray images. At Fairbanks Imaging & Breast Center, we offer both 2D and 3D imaging.
Our team is comprised of certified and credentialed ultrasound technologists, each registered through a rigid exam process by a national registry.
Ultrasounds usually vary in length 45-90 minutes depending on the exam requested by your provider.
Indications for Obstetric ultrasound
- Anatomical survey
- Dating of pregnancy
- Determine number of fetus
- Evaluate position of fetus
- Placental location Estimate fetal growth
- Assess amniotic fluid
- Assess cervical competence
As a patient you can expect a professional sonographer to perform your exam and it will be interpreted by a radiologist and results will be sent to your provider for your review.
Obstetric ultrasound is usually requested during the first trimester for early pregnancy evaluation.
A diagnostic anatomical survey may performed around 20 weeks of gestation. A full fetal survey will be completed at this time.
You will be provided photos, 3D images and a short video if obtainable at this visit.
Follow-up exams may be requested by your provider if necessary. These will be explained by your provider if necessary.
Use of Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a very extensive look at fetal anatomy and provides much needed information to you and your provider for your care during pregnancy.
Ultrasound has no known biological effects for use on humans when for medical use.