An ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of the inside of your uterus. It is a simple and painless process, done by our nurse sonographers.

Our limited obstetrical ultrasounds produce pictures from inside your uterus, which are then projected onto a screen. These images evaluate the presence, size and location of the pregnancy.


Ultrasounds provide valuable information for your pregnancy. If you’re not sure of your last known menstrual cycle or date of conception, an ultrasound uses measurement to determine how far along you are.  Then you will be provided with accurate information on your pregnancy status, as well as the information and referrals you need.

An ultrasound can also be used to assess the viability of the pregnancy, like detecting a heartbeat and determining the location of the pregnancy. The beating heart is one indicator that the pregnancy may be viable and likely to continue on its natural course. However, some fetuses can develop outside of the uterus in the fallopian tubes, which is known as an ectopic pregnancy. Further medical attention may be needed in this case, which is why it is important to have an ultrasound.

In order to receive an ultrasounds, you must first have a positive pregnancy test result in our office. Both pregnancy tests and ultrasounds are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment today, call at (712)224-2000, text 712-522-2920 or e-mail us at info@herhealthwomenscenter.org .