An ultrasound is a procedure where sound waves are used to create images of the inside of the body. A registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) performs ultrasound exams on patients. The RDMS will have specific training in performing ultrasound exams on pregnant women, which are called obstetric ultrasound exams. During an obstetric ultrasound exam, the RDMS will use ultrasound to create images of the developing baby and the surrounding structures in the mother’s uterus. The ultrasound images can be used to evaluate the size and position of the fetus, as well as the placenta and umbilical cord. They can also be used to detect certain birth defects or problems with the pregnancy. Vaginal and abdominal ultrasound are two common types of obstetric ultrasound. With vaginal ultrasound, the ultrasound transducer is inserted into the vagina in order to obtain clear images of the uterus and fetus. Abdominal ultrasound involves placing the transducer on the abdomen in order to create images of the fetus through the mother’s skin and tissue. Obstetric ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that has no known risks or side effects. It is an important tool for monitoring pregnancy and ensuring a healthy outcome for mother and baby.
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