Did you recently take a pregnancy test and it turned out positive? To ensure your pregnancy test result is accurate, you need an ultrasound scan next. Ultrasound is the best and most accurate way to get the information you need. We offer free and confidential limited ultrasounds after we have confirmed your pregnancy with a free pregnancy test.
How ultrasound works
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create a visual image of your pregnancy. For your ultrasound, our ultrasound technician will place a gel on your abdomen and rub an instrument called a transducer over the gel. The transducer picks up echoes of the sound waves inside your abdomen. The echoes are electronically translated into black and white dots. The transducer produces sound waves that when reflected back, creates a two-dimensional image of your uterus.
The reasons you need an ultrasound
Ultrasound provides very important information that you will need before you can make a decision. Ultrasound examinations evaluate the presence, size, and location of the pregnancy. Our free limited ultrasounds also confirm whether your pregnancy is viable (a heartbeat is detected) and estimate how far along you are. There are several reasons why an ultrasound is important:
- The Mayo Clinic estimates up to 20% or more of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. Ultrasound verifies if you have or have not had a miscarriage. You can still get a positive pregnancy test result for days or even weeks afterward. Obviously, if you have miscarried there is no need for any further decisions.
- Sadly, some pregnancies form in the fallopian tubes rather than the uterus. This type of pregnancy is called an ectopic pregnancy and can be extremely dangerous.
- By measuring the growth of the fetus, the technician can determine how long you’ve been pregnant. Knowing the gestational age determines the likely date of conception and a possible due date.
When to get an ultrasound
After you’ve received a positive pregnancy test result, you’ll want to schedule an ultrasound.
Why we offer free limited ultrasounds
You deserve to have the facts about your unexpected pregnancy. We never want financial issues to be the reason you can’t get the information you need. Our goal is that you would come away from your visit confident in your knowledge and empowered in your decision.