Baby sonograms are commonly referred to as ultrasounds. Technically, pregnancy sonograms are different than ultrasounds because the sonogram is technically the picture produced by the ultrasound. Both refer to the same type of testing for the baby in the uterus. Even in medical journals, medical papers, and doctoral conversations, both ultrasounds and sonograms are used interchangeably, as you will find in this article. Sonograms, ultrasounds, use sound waves that have high frequencies, they do no use the same techniques that X-rays use, and they are not dangerous to the baby or the mother.
Commonly, people think that a son uses the same techniques that X rays do, but that is not correct. This misconception needs to be cleared. X rays use radiation, a type of energy that consist of electron beams that are capable to penetrate solids, such as bone. Sonograms on the other hand use sound waves. The sound waves bounce of each other around objects that are in their way, such as oranges. These sound waves are also capable of producing images, such as a baby in the uterus.
Sonograms are performed throughout the pregnancy to monitor the baby's progress. Sonograms are useful tools to monitor pregnancies through the first, second, and last trimester of a woman's pregnancy. Sonograms can confirm pregnancies, in addition to blood work, detect abnormalities in the fetus if present, help monitor the size of the baby, and measure the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, just to name a few uses.
A handful of sonograms are scheduled through a woman's pregnancy, in some cases if the doctor may think there are abnormalities, he will order more sonograms to monitor the status of the fetus and its surroundings. How else are sonograms useful? Well, they are also useful because sonograms can tell whether or not the baby has developed any abnormalities, make sure the heartbeat of the baby is okay, and can help predict whether or not there might be miscarriage in the future. Sonograms can help put the minds of parents at ease if there are problems early in the pregnancy, because many times the problems may work themselves out. Sonograms can also prepare parents for what may come in the future; to help them prepare for something that may not be good for the baby or mother. This in turn may force hard choices for the parents.
Pregnancy sonograms are easy to perform, but hard to read. How is a son performed? The patient will lie down on her back, a gel will be placed on her lower abdomen, and a transducer (which looks like a wand) will be placed over the gel, on the abdomen. The gel allows the sound waves to more efficiently to produce the images. Sonograms usually last about 30 minutes. Special technicians are trained to read or to interpret what the status of the fetus and the status of the uterus. In conclusion, sonograms, or ultrasounds, are performed to monitor a pregnancy. They are not harmful to the baby or the mother. They can be performed a few times to many times depending on the doctor's orders. Pregnancy sonograms have saved lives, and prepared many for the loss of life.