What does a Level 2 ultrasound mean?

A level II ultrasound, also known as a fetal anatomical survey, is recommended for almost all pregnant women. It is similar to a standard ultrasound, except it provides more detailed information. During the level II ultrasound, your doctor will examine your baby’s organs, brain, umbilical cord, gender and more.

What is a Level 2 ultrasound for Down syndrome?

Level II or targeted sonography will provide a detailed examination of portions of the baby’s body. It cannot be used to diagnose Down syndrome or trisomy 18, but it can often identify spina bifida and various fetal abnormalities that are associated with Down syndrome or trisomy 18.

Why would a doctor order a second ultrasound?

Common Reasons For Repeat Ultrasounds. If there is an abnormality noted on the anatomy scan or your baby’s position wouldn’t allow for complete visualization of all vital organs, you may have to repeat just the portion of the anatomy scan that assesses the organ in question.

What is the difference between a regular ultrasound and a Level 2 ultrasound?

A level II ultrasound is similar to a standard ultrasound. The difference is that your doctor will get more detailed information. Your doctor may focus on specific parts of your baby’s body, such as their brain, heart, or the other organs. You may get a targeted ultrasound in your second trimester.

Is a Level 2 ultrasound necessary?

Even if you had a first-trimester (level 1) sonogram to confirm or date your pregnancy, or as part of a first-trimester screening test, the more detailed level 2 sonogram is important because of all the additional valuable information it gives your practitioner about what’s going on with your baby.

Why do I have to see a perinatologist?

A perinatologist can also assist with patients contemplating pregnancy but who have a concerns about medical problems or family history that might complicate pregnancy and who desire preconception counseling. Perinatologists also help with pregnancies that are high risk because of multiple gestations.

How many ultrasounds do you get in a high-risk pregnancy?

You will have at least two ultrasounds during your early and middle pregnancy, and in the later parts of your high-risk pregnancy, you may have ultrasounds as often as once a week based on your health needs and situation.

When is second ultrasound done in pregnancy?

A second ultrasound (or third) ultrasound is usually done at 18 to 20 weeks to review the baby’s anatomy and rule out abnormalities. It’s also when you can find out the gender, if you care to know.