Limited Ultrasounds

Once the first step in receiving a positive pregnancy test verification is completed, our clients qualify for an ultrasound screening to receive a pregnancy confirmation.

We provide free, confidential pregnancy confirmation through the reading of a limited ultrasound by a Medical Provider. 

A pregnancy test verification only confirms the presence of the HCG hormone in the urine. Since there can be several causes other than a viable pregnancy that stimulate the production of this hormone, it is important to confirm the presence of a living baby within the uterus.

Our limited ultrasounds are performed by medical professionals who have been trained and qualified to perform the task of limited sonography.

Our purpose in performing limited ultrasound is to:

  • Confirm an intrauterine pregnancy
  • Confirm fetal heart tones
  • Provide suggested gestational age
  • For social factors, relating to the mental and physical health of the mother and baby

 

We do not:

  • Diagnose fetal abnormalities
  • Diagnose the sex of the baby
  • Diagnose ectopic pregnancy
  • Diagnose a miscarriage

 

Safety:

There is no evidence to suggest that ultrasound is harmful in any way. As of date, there is no known case in which ultrasound has caused harm to a mother or her baby. However, we are aware that it is possible for that to change in the future. As a result, we feel it is important to be cautious by adhering to ALARA standards.

Limited Ultrasound Appointment Instructions

One hour before the scheduled limited ultrasound, drink 16-32 ounces of water (one or two bottles of water)

You are welcome to bring support people with you. We will first meet with you one-on-one and then you may invite them in for the scan one at a time due to limited space.

What to Expect During a Limited Ultrasound

We will begin with what is called a transabdominal procedure. All that means is that we will be looking into the uterus from the outside of the belly. The procedure is performed in a private room. Clothes that are covering the abdomen/belly all the way to below the underwear line will need to be moved out of the way. Please be aware, this will leave the mother partially exposed to any guest she chooses to allow to be in the room with her. A transducer is used to send sound waves into the abdomen and then read the return of those waves to form a picture. This picture is put on a large TV in the room for the convenience of the mother and her guest. As a result of pressure on the abdomen with a full bladder, it is possible to have some discomfort, but there should be no pain.

Depending on the gestational age, it may be necessary to do what is called a transvaginal procedure. This means we will be looking into the uterus from within the vagina. This allows for a different angle of image as well as a possible closer view of the baby. If this is needed it will be performed after the transabdominal procedure. The mother will need to empty her bladder for a clear picture. Once back in the private room, she will remove her lower clothing and cover up with a procedure blanket. When she is ready, the sonographer will return to the room to perform the procedure. A transducer is used by entering the vagina to send sound waves through the cervix into the uterus to get a close-up picture. This may also cause some discomfort, but there should be no pain.