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- Street: 224 HERBET CHITEPO
- City: HARARE
- Province: Harare
- Country: Zimbabwe
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WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND SCAN?
An ultrasound scan is a painless test that uses sound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body. It is a very commonly used test. As it uses sound waves and not radiation, it is thought to be harmless. Doppler and duplex scans are used to visualise blood or fluids flowing through the body.
WHAT DOES AN ULTRASOUND INVOLVE?
You lie on a couch and an operator places a probe on your skin over the part of your body to be examined. The probe is a bit like a very thick blunt pen. Lubricating jelly is put on your skin so that the probe makes good contact with your body. The probe is connected by a wire to the ultrasound machine, which is linked to a monitor. Pulses of ultrasound are sent from the probe through the skin into your body. The ultrasound waves then echo (‘bounce back’) from the various structures in the body.
The echoes are detected by the probe and are sent down the wire to the ultrasound machine. They are displayed as a picture on the monitor. The picture is constantly updated so the scan can show movement as well as structure. For example, the valves of a heart opening and closing during a scan of the heart. The operator moves the probe around over the surface of the skin to get views from different angles.
The scan is painless and takes about 15-45 minutes, depending on which parts of the body are being examined. A record of the results of the test can be made as still picturesand a detailed report attached to it.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF A SCAN IN PREGNANCY?
It is important to go for a scan in your first trimester between 1 week and 13 weeks and the next one at 20 weeks. These two basic scans have are for checking the baby’s well being, sex presentation etc…
Scan can also help you with estimated dates and baby’s weight.