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