First-trimester obstetric ultrasound
First-trimester obstetric ultrasound (also called dating ultrasound) is used to more accurately determine the fetus’ gestational age (number of weeks of pregnancy). The ultrasound is done between the seventh and ninth week of gestation. This procedure can also confirm the number of fetuses, the death of a fetus or an ectopic pregnancy.
Other examination available: Obstetric and nuchal ultrasound
Preparing for the examination
To properly prepare for your first-trimester obstetric ultrasound, it is important to drink two 8-ounce glasses of water (500 mL) one hour before the examination and not urinate.
Even during the pandemic, a person of your choice can accompany you during this exam. If you come accompanied, be informed that this person will have to answer the same screening questionnaire as you will have to, and access could be refused.
A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.
The costs of this examination are covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1 833 590-2715.