An early obstetrical ultrasound is performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, or within the first 14 weeks of gestation.
The sonographer will assess the uterus for an embryo, which should be visible and have a detectable heartbeat after 6 weeks gestation. This exam is best performed after the 7 week mark however, when imaging will be more definitive.
The early obstetrical ultrasound may be ordered to date your pregnancy or to confirm the embryo’s size; it may also be requested if you are experiencing vaginal bleeding or pain in the pelvic area, as well as to evaluate the ovaries.
Our radiologists will interpret your information and aim to forward the results to your doctor by the end of the next working day.
This exam is covered under the Alberta Health Care Plan.