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SECOND TRIMESTER ANATOMIC SURVEY

This is a detailed evaluation of your baby’s development at a time when most structural abnormalities can be identified. Special attention is given to the brain, spine, heart, kidneys, bladder, stomach, bowel, abdominal wall, face and limbs. The location and development of the placenta and umbilical cord, amniotic fluid volume, and cervical length are also assessed. Measurements of the head, abdomen, femur and humerus will be obtained and used to determine the baby’s size and rate of growth.

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What to Expect

The exam will almost always be performed with an external ultrasound transducer. You will remain dressed and asked to lie flat on the exam table with your lower abdomen exposed. Warm gel will be placed on your skin. The sonographer will then position an ultrasound transducer on your abdomen and use varied amounts of pressure to obtain the desired images.

Exam Preparation

Begin drinking 24 oz of WATER 1 ½ hours before your scheduled appointment time and do not empty your bladder until the procedure has been completed. If your bladder becomes unbearably full prior to your exam, it is ok to partially empty your bladder to relieve pressure.