Services \ Ultrasound Program

WCPC offers limited diagnostic obstetrical ultrasounds at no charge to patients who have received a positive pregnancy test and are not already receiving prenatal care.

An ultrasound is used to confirm a positive pregnancy test and can determine if the pregnancy is viable, which means it is capable of developing under normal conditions.

In addition, an ultrasound provides critical information such as:

  • Measurements to determine the age of the fetus (gestational age).
  • Confirmation of fetal heartbeat.
  • Detection of twins or multiples.

WCPC does not perform ultrasound exams on patients who are experiencing active bleeding or pain greater than menstrual cramps.

What Is an Ultrasound?
An obstetrical ultrasound is a simple and painless way to look inside the abdomen. A transducer is moved across the patient’s abdomen, sending high-frequency sound waves through it. Echoes from those sound waves are transformed into a photographic image of the baby and surrounding area including the placenta, ovaries, uterus and amniotic sac.

Trans-vaginal ultrasounds are also offered at WCPC when the trans-abdominal image is not clear enough to get accurate information, and only if the client is comfortable with this procedure. In this case, an ultrasound probe is inserted vaginally. This method produces a clearer, more detailed image, and is helpful in determining the age of the fetus up to 12 weeks. A trans-vaginal ultrasound can be especially helpful in a pregnancy of 8 weeks or less.

What to Expect
WCPC’s nurse manager or a member of her staff of registered nurses will perform the ultrasound. They have received extensive training in limited obstetrical ultrasound and are able to determine a viable pregnancy and take measurements in order to establish the approximate gestational age of the fetus.

If you are preparing for you an ultrasound, you will be asked to:

  • Sign a consent form.
  • Drink a whole glass of water, as a full bladder helps the nurse obtain the best view of the fetus.

If you like, you can invite your partner to view the ultrasound with you.

WCPC offers limited diagnostic obstetrical ultrasounds to their patients who have received a positive pregnancy test and are not already receiving prenatal care.