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What is ultrasonography?
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and their echoes to make cross-sectional images of the fetus. Ultrasound produces no radiation and is painless.
Your ultrasound exam may include fetal Doppler, which is a type of ultrasound that measures the flow of blood through blood vessels.
When are prenatal ultrasounds typically done?
We’ve put together a list of the times in your pregnancy that your doctor may prescribe an ultrasound as well as what kind of information those ultrasounds will provide.
In the first trimester:
Mid-trimester: (sometimes called the 18-to-20 week scan)
How is an ultrasound scan performed?
Although the specific details of each procedure vary slightly, ultrasounds generally follow this process.
Two types of ultrasounds can be performed during pregnancy:
What kind of equipment do we use to perform ultrasounds?
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