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Florida Perinatal Center uses state of the art ultrasound equipment which helps us better evaluate your fetus.

The major use for an ultrasound machine in maternal fetal medicine are:

  • Measuring the size of the fetus to determine the due date
  • Determining the position of the fetus to see if it is in the normal head down position
  • Checking the position of the placenta
  • Documenting the number of fetuses in the uterus
  • Checking the sex of the baby (if the genital area can be clearly seen)
  • Checking the fetus’s growth rate by making many measurements over time
  • Determining whether there is an appropriate amount of amniotic fluid cushioning the baby
  • Monitoring the baby during specialized procedures – ultrasound has been helpful in seeing and avoiding the baby during amniocentesis (sampling of the amniotic fluid with a needle for genetic testing)
  • Seeing tumors of the ovary