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At Physicians to Women, the ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) staff utilize the GE Voluson E8 Equipment. It is used during pregnancy and for other reasons such as evaluation of the uterus and ovaries if there is a problem. The ultrasound lab at Physicians to Women is fully accredited by AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine) and can offer 2D and 3D/4D imaging. Each of the sonographers are ARDMS credentialed and are certified for that all important first (1st) trimester screening with NTQR (Nuchal Translucency Quality Review) and/or FMF (Fetal Medicine Foundation)

Why an Ultrasound?

There are many reasons that an ultrasound would be necessary during pregnancy, some of which include:

  • To measure how far along the pregnancy is and estimate the due date
  • To determine if twins, or even triplets, are possible
  • To track the baby’s growth and check for any problems
  • To locate the placenta

Sonograms are normally performed several times over the course of a mom’s pregnancy:

  • 5-7 weeks for early dating
  • 11-14 weeks – to perform a nuchal translucency study (back of the neck), which can help detect potential problems
  • 18-20 weeks – this is for an anatomical survey – looking at limbs, organs, fingers, toes, etc.
  • 28-40 weeks – number varies, provides information on growth, fluid volume and all kinds of other information