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What Happens During a Pregnancy Ultrasound?

During a pregnancy ultrasound (or sonogram) at your OB-GYN, the doctor is looking for and evaluating several things such as:

  • the fetus’ position
  • the size
  • the level of amniotic fluid
  • the health of the placenta and many other things.

There are a number of questions they are looking to answer and they are trained to examine all aspects of an OB ultrasound. They are qualified to assess and diagnose all things pertaining to your reproductive system and pregnancy.

What Happens During a Pregnancy Ultrasound at Rockville Women’s Center?

At Rockville Women’s Center, we perform Limited OB Ultrasounds (Sonograms). By limited, we mean we are not seeking to answer all the questions your OB-GYN would. Our ultrasound nurses are limited in the scope of the questions they are trying to answer and the information they can share. The three primary things they are looking for are:

  • Is the fetus in the uterus or is there an immediate risk of an ectopic pregnancy?
  • How far along the pregnancy is?

As you can see, these services aren’t designed to be a full medical evaluation, but a tool to help you better understand your situation, to rule out immediate health risks and to help you make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Each sonogram is reviewed by our Medical Director.

What if Our Ultrasound Nurses Find Something that Concerns Them?

If our ultrasound nurses find something during your appointment that concerns them, they will share that information with you at that time and refer you for additional care.  When our Medical Director reviews your scan and finds anything else of concern, we will contact with you so you can seek additional care.

Your health is our chief concern. 

If you have any additional questions about our ultrasounds or any of our other services, please give us a call.


All of Rockville Women’s Center pregnancy services are completely free. We are a non-profit organization. We’ve intentionally structured our organization so we don’t make money on any pregnancy decision that you make.

That means we can provide unbiased information without a financial conflict of interest. And we’ll do it in a caring, non-judgmental way.

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