Ultrasound Exam


Ultrasound Confirmation

“About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t realize she’s pregnant.”

Ultrasounds are used to confirm your pregnancy after a positive pregnancy test. During your ultrasound, your sonographer will locate the pregnancy and ensure that it has implanted in the uterus. If the pregnancy is located outside of the uterus, it is considered an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies cannot be safely carried to term and can be life-threatening. During your ultrasound, your sonographer will also try to determine how far along the pregnancy is and if there is a detectable heartbeat. If no heartbeat can be detected, then it is still very early in the pregnancy and it is possible you may still naturally miscarry.

Do I need an ultrasound?

If you are considering abortion as an option, the type of procedure and costs are based on how far along you are in your pregnancy.  Although we don’t perform or refer for abortions at Pregnancy Resource Center, we can help you understand the type of the procedure you may be contemplating. An ultrasound is an effective tool for any woman who has a positive pregnancy test.

The purpose of a Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound is to:

  • Detect fetal heartbeat.
  • Determine approximate fetal age.
  • Determine approximate due date.
  • Detect the location of the pregnancy (Pregnancies that develop outside of the uterus, known as ectopic pregnancies, can be life threatening.)
Your next step

Ultrasounds must be scheduled in advance, are free to our clients, and are performed by our trained and compassionate medical staff. Ultrasounds are typically performed during the first trimester. You can request an appointment by choosing the option for a “Pre-Ultrasound Screening” online or by phone. Most clients will not receive an ultrasound at this appointment, but will talk with nurse or consultant who will verify your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and determine your eligibility for an ultrasound. Please call us with any questions you may have.