Clients in the early stages of pregnancy may be eligible for a Free limited obstetrical (OB) ultrasound at Piedmont Women’s Center. By definition, a limited OB ultrasound establishes whether a pregnancy is viable, by identifying a heartbeat; determines that the pregnancy is intrauterine, or in the uterus; and measures the gestational age of the baby.
An ultrasound is an medical imaging study that uses sound waves to produce an image of an embryo at different stages during development. The wave echoes produced during an ultrasound are transformed into a picture known as a sonogram, which can be projected onto a display screen.
• Ultrasound technology has been used for more than 30 years.
• Ultrasonography is broadly considered among medical experts as a low-risk technique.
The ultrasounds available at Piedmont Women’s Center can:
• Verify pregnancy
• Determine a due date
• Possibly identify the chance of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
• Detect potential miscarriage
Why should I get an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound may assist you with making a pregnancy related decision. There are developmental milestones during a pregnancy that may be seen during an ultrasound. A limited OB ultrasound performed at Piedmont Women’s Center by qualified nurse sonographer or registered diagnostic medical sonographer will validate that your pregnancy is at the proper place (uterus, not fallopian tube). It can also determine if you may have a miscarriage or blighted ovum (vacant egg) that exists. If one of these scenarios exist, then abortion might be clinically unwarranted or even possibly dangerous.
No matter what options you’re considering, a limited OB ultrasound is a valuable tool in your decision-making process.