What is an Ultrasound?
FREQUENT QUESTION #3: What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a technique that uses sound waves to project a picture of an embryo or fetus in the womb.
Ultrasound works by sending and receiving sound waves off the developing fetus.
Echoes from the waves are converted into an image, called a sonogram, as seen on a monitor.
Ultrasound has been used for more than 30 years, and no risks have been identified.
F.A.Q. 1: Why is Ultrasound so Effective?
Major advancements in real-time ultrasound images have allowed the medical community to have access to much higher quality images than ever before.
The image the woman sees on the monitor is factual and positive. When a woman sees her child on the monitor or hears the heartbeat the mother-child bonding begins.
In most instances women who have had an ultrasound take better care of themselves. Additionally family members and friends will provide her needed support.
Ultrasound is a very effective tool in preventing teen pregnancies.
Schools have reported that teen pregnancy rates have dropped from 25% to 1.5% as a result of using ultrasound videos as a part of abstinence curricula.
Teens begin to face the reality that sexual activity creates new life that will be their responsibility.
F.A.Q. 2: Is Ultrasound Safe?
Ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound waves and allows the operator to view inside the body.
The American Institute of Ultrasound and Medicine (AIUM) has reported that after 40 years of testing and use of diagnostic ultrasound there has been NO confirmed biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures of intensities used.
Although the possibility exists that such biological effects may be identified in the future, current data indicates that the benefits to the patient outweighs the risk, if any, that may be present.
F.A.Q. 3: What are the medical indications for PCC’S to refer clients for ultrasound?
To confirm pregnancy and viability of a pregnancy
To determine the fetal age and estimated due date
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