Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to receive information that can be seen as an image on a screen. This type of imaging does not use radiation and is considered very safe.
What Does Ultrasound Do?
There’s so much more to know about your pregnancy that only an ultrasound can tell you. An ultrasound is an imaging procedure using echoes from high-frequency sound waves to reveal the contents of your uterus.
An ultrasound medical professional applies a gel substance to your abdomen and rubs a wand-like instrument called a transducer through the gel. Images are produced by the ultrasound device, which creates a sound that will bounce back off observed tissues.
For instance, Medical News Today states, “Ultrasound will travel through blood in the heart chamber, for example, but if it hits a heart valve, it will echo, or bounce back.”
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
While a positive pregnancy test can indicate pregnancy, the only way to confirm if your pregnancy is viable is through an ultrasound. This information is imperative to the decision-making process, no matter what option you’re considering.
In pregnancy, ultrasounds are used to verify the pregnancy is not ectopic (outside the uterus, which can pose a severe risk to a woman’s health), is viable, healthy, and growing. It can help physicians understand if there are any possible complications or abnormalities and that growth is continuing as usual.
Schedule A Free Ultrasound
To begin your pregnancy journey, schedule a free and confidential pregnancy confirmation appointment with us today. We will walk you through a pregnancy test and ultrasound to follow up if your test it positive.
You are not alone in your pregnancy options decision either. Our team is here to better inform you about all your options and the potential risks. We know this is not an easy decision, and we are here for you along the way.
You are braver than you even know.
*PCS Health does not perform or refer for abortions.