An early ultrasound is an advanced diagnostic technique used to determine the viability and correct length of a pregnancy. It is an important step in understanding your pregnancy and will help provide answers to questions you may have, including questions about abortion. If your pregnancy test is positive, you’ll be offered a limited obstetrical ultrasound* at no charge.
The ultrasound will:
- Detect fetal heartbeat
- Determine approximate due date
- Determine the number of fetuses
- Determine the location of pregnancy (intrauterine v. ectopic)
- Advise immediate medical attention at an emergency room, if indicated
Ultrasounds at our Women’s Centers are performed by professionally-trained medical staff only. They are performed for the reasons listed above and not to diagnose birth defects or other health issues. They are not offered to women already receiving prenatal medical care elsewhere. If you are experiencing health issues such as bleeding, spotting, or cramping, you should seek immediate medical attention. These could be symptoms of a spontaneous abortion or miscarriage, and you may require further medical treatment.
If you have a positive pregnancy test, or think you might be pregnant, please call to inquire as to the appropriateness of an ultrasound scan in your situation. Hours of availability vary according to the center. Contact the Women’s Center nearest you to schedule an initial consultation appointment.
*Some exceptions apply. Please call for more information.