Absolutely! Friends and family members are welcome in the exam room during your sonogram. We understand the significance of this experience and encourage you to share it with those who are close to you. If you wish to bring a young child, please bring an adult that can supervise the child if necessary. In our experience, young toddlers tend to quickly lose interest in the sonogram and may distract you from the experience.

Yes we do! At Advanced Sonograms of Alaska we regularly upgrade our 3D/4D ultrasound machines to provide the latest in available technology.

View amazing images obtained in our office.

We are very excited to offer a new way to deliver your ultrasound videos and images. In addition to paper printouts, you can now receive digital videos and images sent directly to your smartphone so you can easily share with your loved ones. This is a complimentary service provided to you just for choosing us.

An ultrasound examination does not guarantee a normal baby. Many kinds of abnormalities can be seen with ultrasound; however, our ability to detect any fetal abnormality depends on how well we can see. The quality of the ultrasound image directly affects our ability to detect an abnormality. Factors that can affect the quality of the ultrasound image include the following:

  • A poorly or overly filled urinary bladder
  • The baby's position and activity (excessive or lack of activity)
  • Thickness of the maternal abdominal wall
  • Gestational age of the fetus (too early or too late)
  • Decreased amniotic fluid

  • Occasionally, it is necessary to have a patient return to re-evaluate a structure that was sub optimally visualized.

We use the latest advancement in High Level Ultrasound Transducer Disinfection. Trophon EPR is an automated system that is the most effective, safest and environmentally friendly method to disinfect ultrasound transducers. View this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgK9N1Z2NU0#t=29

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine has issued the following statement:
"There are no known harmful effects associated with the medical use of sonography. Widespread use of diagnostic ultrasound for many years has not revealed any harmful effects. Studies in humans show no direct link between the use of diagnostic ultrasound and any adverse outcome. Although the possibility exists that biological effects may be identified in the future, current information indicates that the benefits for patients far outweigh the risks, if any."

The number of sonograms performed varies from pregnancy to pregnancy. It is most common to have two sonograms during a normally progressing pregnancy. A first trimester scan is performed to determine an accurate gestational age, and then an 18 to 20 week scan to detect fetal abnormalities.

There is a 12 week sonogram called a Nuchal Translucency or NT scan that is usually offered to women as part of a first trimester genetic screen for Down's Syndrome, trisomy 18 and 13.

Additional scans are often performed to address concerns that may arise during pregnancy.

In pregnancy, a full bladder will help us "see "your baby. As the bladder fills it pushes the uterus and baby up and away from the pelvic bones, making him or her easier to see. Also, a full bladder helps us see the cervix to look for early signs of premature delivery.

In gynecology, a full bladder positions the uterus in a way that makes it easier to examine. As the bladder fills, it also pushes the intestine up and out of the way. The fluid in the bladder serves as an "acoustic window" through which we can see the uterus and ovaries.

Fetal gender can be accurately determined after 12 weeks if examined carefully by an experienced sonographer. At 12 weeks both male and female fetuses have a bump protruding between the legs. This represents the developing genitalia. During this stage of development the "bump" begins to angle toward the head (which means boy), or toward the feet, (which means girl.) When a true unobstructed midsagittal (side view) image between the legs can be obtained, the gender can be determined.

While this method of determining gender can be very accurate (85-95%), confirmation of gender will be performed during your 18 to 20 week anomaly scan.