When pregnant, all expectant mothers would like to know about the well-being of their babies. It is necessary to go for routine health check-ups during pregnancy to learn about the baby’s movements and health. Ultrasound scan is one such routine medical check-up performed on pregnant women to ensure the baby’s health. Here is all about ultrasound scan and its importance during pregnancy:
What is Ultrasound Scan?
The practice of examining pregnant women using ultrasound is known as obstetric sonography. The ultrasound scan is a standard painless procedure used to visualize the fetus inside the uterus using sound waves to create images of the organs, bones and structures. The sound waves usually bounce off the baby as echoes which are turned into images on the monitor.
As bones and other hard tissues reflect more echoes, they appear white in the image while soft tissues appear grey. The sound waves pass through fluids like amniotic fluid and appear dark due to absence of echoes.
Why is it required?
The pregnancy ultrasound scan is required for various purposes such as:
When is it performed?