Getting an early peek at your baby’s development is one of the most incredible experiences that new parents will have.
Ultrasounds are performed by your provider or our group of diagnostic medical sonographers, all registered through the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) and in some cases are certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
In the first trimester, ultrasound can be used to help determine birth date, and – surprise! – if there are twins! (multiples)
The second ultrasound occurs between 18 and 22 weeks and typically lasts about 45 minutes. The technologist performing the exam will save multiple images to be reviewed by a radiologist to help evaluate your baby’s growth and development. At this point in pregnancy it is possible to determine your baby’s gender. Just let us know if you would like to be informed, or if you would prefer to wait until delivery!
Ultrasounds are not always performed in the third trimester but may be ordered to help determine the baby’s estimated weight, amount of amniotic fluid, location of the placenta, fetal heart rate and wellbeing, and confirming delivery date range.
3D and 4D Ultrasound
3D and 4D ultrasound is available in our La Crosse OB clinic and also in many regional sites. While 3D/4D technology can sometimes help determine a suspected birth defect, the majority of the diagnostic ultrasound will be done in 2D (traditional ultrasound). If the baby is in a good position we will attempt to get 3D/4D images for you to take home as a keepsake at no additional charge.