How Does an Ultrasound Work?

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If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to get more information about your condition. One of the best ways to gather information on your pregnancy is through an ultrasound scan.

Today, we’re talking about the importance of ultrasound scans, how they work, and where and when to schedule yours.

How does an ultrasound work?

Imaging technology is often required to see internal organs and understand what’s happening inside the body. While some imaging technology used in the medical field utilizes radiation, ultrasound scans use harmless, high-frequency sound waves.

These waves are sent through the body using a transducer instrument. When the sound waves hit soft tissue or fluid they travel through, but when they hit denser surfaces they send echoes back to the transducer. These echoes are then translated through the computer to create an image of the body part under observation.1

I’m Pregnant — What Will an Ultrasound Reveal About my Pregnancy?

Ultrasounds are used by doctors in order to make certain diagnoses, guide surgeries, and, most commonly, to gather important information regarding pregnancy.

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options: parenting, adoption, or abortion. Regardless of which pregnancy option you’re considering, getting an ultrasound is an important step in making an informed choice for your future.

Ultrasound scans provide patients and doctors with the following details about their pregnancies:

  • The age of the pregnancy
    For those who are hoping to parent or place the baby for adoption, knowing the age of your pregnancy will help you prepare along the way and make plans before and after the birth. If you’re considering abortion, the gestational age of your pregnancy may greatly impact your options as some procedures are only available during certain stages of pregnancy.
  • The viability of the pregnancy
    Not all pregnancies will result in a healthy human life. Pregnancies that are not developing properly or will not survive outside of the womb on their own are considered nonviable. Ultrasound scans will help your doctor determine the viability of your pregnancy and give you information about the options available to you.
  • Health concerns related to the pregnancy
    Regardless of the pregnancy option you are considering, it’s important to ensure that you don’t have any health conditions that could make pregnancy or abortion dangerous for you. Ultrasounds will reveal pregnancy health conditions, such as ectopic pregnancies, and will alert your doctor to the need for any emergency interventions.

When do I need to get an ultrasound?

It’s suggested to receive routine ultrasounds scans through the pregnancy, with the first ultrasound occuring in the first six to eight weeks.

If you are considering abortion and want to fully understand the options available to you, you may want to schedule an ultrasound scan at your local pregnancy center as soon as possible.

Where can I get a free ultrasound scan?

BsideU for Life offers free early pregnancy services, such as lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, education, resources, options counseling, and more!

Getting an ultrasound scan is easy and free at BsideU for Life, so schedule your free appointment today!

1. Brazier, Y. (2017) “How do ultrasound scans work?” www.medicalnewstoday.com. Accessed June 29, 2021.