Obstetric Ultrasound Specialist

Reno Maternity Care

Maternal Fetal Medicine & Gynecology located in Reno, NV

Obstetric ultrasound gives you a window into the world of your unborn child, enabling you to see your baby in detail many months before your due date. Led by experienced OB/GYN Earle Oki, MD, Reno Maternity Care in Reno, Nevada, can help you take advantage of their on-site ultrasound facilities, which offer the ultimate advanced ultrasound technology. Call Reno Maternity Care today to find out more.

Obstetric Ultrasound

What is an obstetric ultrasound?

Ultrasound, also known as sonography, is a technology that provides a moving image of the inside of your uterus. Obstetric ultrasound helps Dr. Oki and his team check on the development of your baby when you’re pregnant. 

Ultrasound technologies use high-frequency sound waves that are out of the range of human hearing. The sound waves come out of a handpiece called a transducer. Your provider passes the transducer over your abdomen, and the sound waves bounce off your soft tissues and organs.

The transducer relays the returning sound waves to computer software. The software then translates the information into a visual representation of your internal organs and the developing fetus.

What is an obstetric ultrasound used for?

An obstetric ultrasound scan can establish your due date from the early weeks of your pregnancy. During the nine months your baby is growing in your uterus, your provider can use obstetric ultrasound to:

  • Identify multiple pregnancies
  • Identify ectopic pregnancy
  • Detect congenital conditions
  • Check placental health
  • Determine the baby’s sex
  • Estimate the baby’s size

An obstetric ultrasound can also identify if your baby’s in the breech position when your due date arrives. A breech birth is where the baby comes out feet first instead of head first. With information from the obstetric ultrasound about the baby’s position, your provider can take steps to prevent the complications a breech birth might cause.

What are the advantages of obstetric ultrasound?

Ultrasound is the safest diagnostic technology in use. Unlike X-Rays or CT scans, an ultrasound doesn’t involve exposure to ionizing radiation, which could cause harm to a fetus. Ultrasound is also better at showing soft tissues than X-rays.

Records show there have been no adverse outcomes for patients during the many years obstetrics ultrasound has been in use. Obstetric ultrasounds are also entirely noninvasive — you don’t have to have an anesthetic, injections, or any incisions. 

What happens during an obstetric ultrasound?

The team at Reno Maternity Care has state-of-the-art ultrasound facilities on-site. Using these facilities, they can carry out comprehensive obstetric ultrasounds.

When you arrive for your obstetric ultrasound, you lie on an examination table with your abdomen uncovered. Your provider puts a special gel on your skin that helps the transducer move across your abdomen smoothly. As they pass the transducer across, images of your baby appear on the monitor screen.

As well as standard 2D obstetric ultrasound, there is now technology that can create 3-D and 4-D imaging is used to augment the view and support the standard imaging.

To take advantage of their convenient on-site obstetric ultrasound technology and their considerable expertise, call Reno Maternity Care today.