"When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I dreaded schlepping into Manhattan for all of my prenatal care, and I sure did not need that 'I hope I make it into the city in time!' stress once I went into labor," says Julie Baron, 37.

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What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency (or pitch) higher than human beings can hear. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to obtain a picture of organs and tissues in the body.

Is Ultrasound Safe?
Yes, it is a painless and safe procedure, no radiation involved.

Why should I have an ultrasound exam?
To determine the age, sex, and growth characteristics of an unborn child doctors often use ultrasound. Sometimes ultrasound is used to detect diseased or damaged tissue, which will allow your doctor to make a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Before the Ultrasound
Remember to wear comfortable clothing and follow all instructions received prior to the exam. Avoid wearing any jewelry or drinking any soft drinks before the exam. Drinking water about an hour before the examination may help improve the picture.

What Will the Exam Be Like?
An ultrasound is an outpatient exam. A sonographer, a skilled technologist, will perform the exam. The sonographer will have you sit or lie on a table for the exam. Oil or gel will be applied to the body part and the scanner will slowly move over the area, sending a signal to the monitor.

You won't feel anything except for the movement of the scanner. It is important to remained relaxed during an ultrasound. The entire exam should last 30 to 60 minutes.

Can I See My Baby Move?
Depending on the age of the baby you may see the heartbeat, and movement of the baby's body, arms, and legs even before you can feel the baby move.

After the Exam
When the examination is complete your results will be provided to you designated health care provider or practitioner.

For an appointment, call 718.780.5879.