Fetal Treatment Program of New England

Level II Ultrasound

A level II or targeted ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to view the anatomy of a developing baby more closely than a regular ultrasound. We perform a level II ultrasound if prior test results, medical conditions or family history indicates cause for concern, typically between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy.

How is it performed? 

An instrument called a transducer is moved over your abdomen, allowing us to measure your baby. We can determine how far along your pregnancy is and whether your baby is growing on schedule. We examine the heart, the kidneys, bladder, stomach, brain, spine, arms, legs, umbilical cord and reproductive organs to make sure they are developing normally. We also look at your amniotic fluid levels, the location of the placenta and the fetal heart rate.

What happens afterward?  

We explain the results of the ultrasound to you and your family immediately following the test and send a copy to your health care provider. We schedule any specialist appointments you need and set a time for you to meet with a genetic counselor to discuss your options.