A medical professional would seemingly need to be operating in a prehistoric age to make due without ultrasound medical equipment today. It’s a vital essential for any doctor, OB-GYN or hospital. Trying to run any sort of healthcare practice without it wouldn’t be advisable even in Somalia. Really, considering that it primarily helps monitor pregnancies, going without the equipment can be inhumane.
More uses than ever exist for ultrasound machine equipment. As mentioned above, in general, the machines are tools for ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Here are how the primary functions of the machines break down:
– Establish the date of a pregnancy: There’s a scene in Crocodile Dundee where Paul Hogan looks at the place of the sun in the sky and says something to the effect of, “It’s 2:20 already, we’ll have to get a move on.” Well, a famous Aussie explorer is no longer necessary to pinpoint anything anymore, be it local time or the date of conception thanks to technology advances.
– Determine fetal viability: This allows prospective parents to know early on if their child stands a chance of surviving pregnancy. The earlier, the better, since this can play into the decision to terminate a pregnancy and that decision can get tougher and illegal the more time that passes. Less pivotal, though important, information can be monitored as well through the use of ultrasound medical equipment, such as major physical abnormalities and fetal heartbeat and movement. Prospective parents can have a pretty exact idea of the health of their pending child with these tools.
– Verify the baby’s gender: No longer do parents have to maintain contingency decorating and naming plans for if their child will be male or female or settle on gender neutral options. Granted, some people choose to be old-fashioned and surprised upon their child’s birth, and that’s perfectly okay, but for those who want it, the information is available early on. Parents can make their plans months ahead of delivery if they choose.
– Other information: Prospective parents can see the location of a a fetus (whether it’s intrauterine or ectopic), monitor fetal growth, and check the location of the placenta, so far as it relates to the cervix. This can help determine what sort of delivery is necessary, be it traditional or C-section, when to induce labor, and other logistical factors.
– Check for the number of fetuses: This last one is kind of important. There may be no feeling for a new parent in the delivery room more simultaneously daunting and thrilling to hear that more one baby will be coming out. Sure, twins, triplets, whatever, can be fun, can maybe even lead to some film roles.
With all that medical ultrasound equipment provides and the amount of different options available, it’d be a travesty for a medical office to go without it. And the reality is that without this equipment, no medical practice can expect to survive very long.