How Ultrasound Works
Ultrasounds provide us with a safe, non-invasive method for evaluating structures within the body. This type of assessment, also known as obstetric sonography, produces high-frequency waves that generate sound. This sound is absorbed by the body’s tissues and then is reflected and converted into electrical impulses, which are then converted into black and white images.
The Purpose of Performing an Obstetric Ultrasound
Obstetric ultrasound is a safe and painless method to see actual images of the fetus as well as the uterus and ovaries. This allows Dr. Rosenberg and his sonographers to see whether the fetus is developing normally and detect any issues that may lead to a complicated or high-risk pregnancy. For high-risk pregnancies, these tests may be performed as often as every week or month to monitor the fetus and mom-to-be.
A variety of sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring exams may be performed throughout the course of pregnancy. These include:
- Pregnancy dating/viability scan – provides an estimated date of delivery
- Ultrascreen – checks for risks for genetic abnormalities (First-trimester screening)
- Anatomical survey – checks the baby’s developing body and organs
- Growth ultrasounds – for when there is a concern of growth restriction
- 3D/4D technology
- Fetal growth, Biophysical Profile (BPP) and non-stress testing (NST) – checks the baby’s well being and level of fluid around the baby
- Fetal Doppler evaluation – checks the blood flow of the placenta
- Cervical length surveillance – for pregnancies where a short or incompetent cervix is a concern
- Multiples pregnancy surveillance (twins, triplets)
If any issue is detected on ultrasound that causes concern, Dr. Rosenberg will discuss the problem as well as all options with you to determine the best course for you and your baby.
Schedule With Rosenberg Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Performing ultrasound scans is just one of the many services we provide for pregnant women and those trying to conceive. Dr. Rosenberg specializes in high-risk care and achieving the best outcome possible for you and your baby. For more information about how we can help you optimize your pregnancy, contact our office in Hewlett, NY.