Ultrasounds in Charleston
As expectant parents, you cannot wait to see your child for the first time. Our state-of-the-art ultrasounds in Charleston capture your baby's first image while inside of your womb. At East Cooper Physicians, we offer both 3D pregnancy ultrasounds that allow you to see your child's image in high definition.
HD Pregnancy Ultrasounds
Seeing your baby for the first time is one of the most exciting moments for soon-to-be parents. Unfortunately, the typical 2D scans are gray and, often, blurry. These are the standard ultrasounds that use ultrasonography equipment to capture the outlines and bones of your baby.
Advances in medical technology have led to the development of 3D ultrasonography equipment. Put simply, these HD pregnancy ultrasounds allow you to see your baby's skin and his or her features. In some instances, you can capture your little one yawning, sticking his or her tongue out, or sucking his or her thumb. High-definition 3D pregnancy ultrasounds make the prospect of becoming a parent so much more real and exciting.
3D Pregnancy Ultrasounds Allow You to See Your Miracle
Today, most women cannot imagine not getting an ultrasound to see their little miracles for the first time. It's hard to believe that the medical world has only used ultrasonography tools for pregnancies since the mid-1950s, when the first ultrasound was used in Glasgow for clinical purposes. Hospitals in the United States didn't adopt the use of pregnancy ultrasounds until the 1970s.
Sonography has advanced greatly since it was first introduced into the medical world. In fact, today's technology takes multiple 2D black-and-white images from various angles and creates an accurate image of your baby. While there aren't any associated medical benefits of 3D pregnancy ultrasounds, these HD images are often more helpful in determining the gender, as well as recognizing physical abnormalities, cleft palates, and other potential problems that may not show up on the 2D image.
The Importance of Pregnancy Ultrasounds
As a woman, you understand the importance of receiving a wellness exam. Health assessments are equally as important for your unborn child. These assessments are done using sophisticated sonography technology to create pregnancy ultrasounds.
Ultrasounds are created using sound waves to create images of your baby. These images help our obstetricians determine the gender, size, location in the womb, number of babies, organ growth, and the overall health of your baby. This highly advanced equipment also checks your baby's heartbeat.
Trimester-by-Trimester Ultrasound Schedule
When you hear you need a medical test, you brace yourself for needles and pain. Fortunately, ultrasounds are safe, noninvasive procedures that soon-to-be moms (and dads) look forward to. There isn't a strict ultrasound schedule; however, most women will have at least two during their pregnancy. The first is to confirm the heartbeat, due date, and other factors. An ultrasound can detect a baby's heartbeat as early as five or six weeks into pregnancy.
The second pregnancy ultrasound is scheduled midway through your pregnancy, between weeks 18 and 22. The level 2 ultrasound uses more sophisticated sonography equipment, as it is a more in-depth evaluation of your baby. You can have as many pregnancy ultrasounds as you like. Moms-to-be who are considered high risk because of diabetes, hypertension, or other medical complications, or expecting more than one baby will require more frequent ultrasounds. Please call our OB doctors to learn more about the ultrasound schedule.
Call 843-849-9355 to schedule an ultrasound to assess your baby's health. You may also fill out the contact form on this page, for your convenience. We proudly serve patients in Charleston, South Carolina.