Fetal ultrasound is a test that lets your doctor see an image of your baby. Your doctor learns information about your baby from this picture. You may find out, for example, if you are having a boy or a girl. But the main reason you have this test is to get information about your baby's health.
(You may hear your baby called a fetus. This is a common medical term for a baby that's growing in the mother's uterus.)
The findings of an ultrasound fall into two categories, normal and abnormal.
Abnormal seems to imply that something is wrong with your baby. But what it means is that the test has shown something the doctor wants to take a closer look at.
And that's what happens next. Your doctor will talk to you about what further test or tests you may need.
Some of the things your doctor may see on an abnormal ultrasound include:
Take a deep breath, and let it out. Keep in mind that an abnormal finding on an ultrasound, after it's coupled with more information, may:
Your medical team is there for you. So are your family and friends. Ask questions, and get the help and support you need.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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