We provide free and confidential ultrasounds

After having a positive in-clinic pregnancy test performed, your next step is to schedule an ultrasound. During your pregnancy test appointment, the nurse will go over your medical history with you and help to get you scheduled for an ultrasound. We do not charge for our ultrasound services because we want you to have the information and care that you deserve.

What is an ultrasound?

A fetal ultrasound (sonogram) is an imaging process used to produce images of a fetus in the uterus. The only way to diagnose a pregnancy is with an obstetric ultrasound.

It confirms the location of the pregnancy, if the pregnancy is viable, and how many weeks pregnant you are. Our licensed sonographer first applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen which helps to move the transducer, or wand-like instrument, over your abdomen. Your ultrasound scan is then read by a licensed radiologist.

Why it's important to have an ultrasound

Regardless of the decision about your pregnancy, it's important that you have an ultrasound once a positive pregnancy test has been confirmed. There are details about your pregnancy that can only be confirmed by having an ultrasound.

These include:
  1. Finding out how far along you are in your pregnancy. You may be unsure of your last menstrual cycle, or your periods may be irregular. Only an ultrasound can closely determine the gestational age of your pregnancy.
  2. Heartbeat detection (viability). If a heartbeat is not detected, you could be very early in your pregnancy, or you could have possibly miscarried.
  3. Confirming the location of your pregnancy. The ultrasound scan can show if your pregnancy is in the uterus. Some pregnancies can begin growing outside of the uterus, which is known as an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

If you are considering abortion, you need to know if the pregnancy is in the uterus, viable, and how far along you are. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration requires all clinics that provide abortion services have the ability to date pregnancies accurately and to diagnose potential ectopic pregnancies; however, unlike Paulding Pregnancy Services, those clinics charge for ultrasound services.