Ultrasound Specialist

Suburban Women's Clinic

Abortion Clinic & Board Certified OB/GYN located in Houston, TX

If you’ve gotten a positive pregnancy test at home or think you might be pregnant, visit Suburban Women’s Clinic in Houston. Quick and confidential ultrasounds are available in the office to confirm your pregnancy. The doctor also provides information and resources about your options so you can make the best choice for you and your pregnancy. Call or schedule a visit online today for an ultrasound and pregnancy testing at Suburban Women’s Clinic.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasonography is a type of medical imaging technology that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of your body. When used during pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to determine the health and size of a baby. It can also be used to detect ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancies, and miscarriages.

Why do I need an ultrasound?

During your first visit at Suburban Women’s Clinic, you’ll take a pregnancy test and have an ultrasound performed. These procedures are performed to confirm your pregnancy and determine the gestational age of the fetus.

If you are unsure of the date of your last menstrual period, an ultrasound can help determine when you had your period last and how far along in the pregnancy you are. If you are considering an abortion, this information is important in determining which type of procedure will be most effective for you.

Your doctor discusses your options with you after your pregnancy test and ultrasound and provides you with information to help you make your decision.

What happens during an ultrasound?

During your ultrasound, you’ll uncover your lower abdomen and your ultrasound technician will apply a clear gel to your skin. Using a handheld ultrasound wand connected to a computer, your ultrasound tech gently glides the wand over your skin. You may feel some mild pressure, especially if you have a full bladder.

The ultrasound wand transmits images of your uterus to the computer, where you can see your uterus and the fetus. Your ultrasound tech will take measurements of the fetus. Depending on the gestational age, your tech may listen to the heartbeat, if it is present.

The measurements and the potential presence of a heartbeat help your ultrasound tech determine the gestational age of the fetus, the date of your last menstrual period, and your estimated due date.

Is an ultrasound safe?

Yes, ultrasounds are safe for you and the fetus. While the ultrasound is turned on, you won’t feel any sensations, other than slight pressure on your abdomen. The procedure generally only lasts five to ten minutes, enough time to take measurements and listen to the heartbeat, if present. Afterwards, your doctor discusses the next steps with you.

Confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound and pregnancy testing at Suburban Women’s Clinic. Call or schedule your visit online today.