Reasons for an Obstetric Ultrasound Confirm fertilization, implantation, and the presence of an embryo. Identify whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy. Estimate the fetuss age and the due date. Evaluate the position of the fetus and placenta in relation to the birth canal.
What is a Obstetrics scan?
The scan can confirm the number of babies in the uterus, the embryo can be observed and measured by about five and a half weeks and a heartbeat usually detected by 6 weeks. Scans at this stage in pregnancy are reassuring for women experiencing bleeding, pain or who have had previous miscarriages.
What are two advantages to having an obstetric ultrasound scan?
Benefits. Obstetric ultrasound is painless and noninvasive. Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation. Obstetric ultrasound gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.