Biophysical Profile & Growth Ultrasound

During the third trimester, a Biophysical Profile and Growth Ultrasound checks on your baby’s growth and well-being. You may have more than one during this time period to track the growth of your baby.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • You do not need to drink water for this test.
  • You should have a snack prior to your exam to help us assess the movement of the baby. At this stage babies sometimes want to sleep, so a few calories will encourage them to move

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?

  • You will be asked to change into a gown.
  • A warm, non-scented, hypo-allergenic ultrasound gel will be applied to your stomach.
  • Your sonographer will take measurements of your baby’s head, tummy and leg to compare to previous tests. You may not require all of the anatomy assessment if everything was fine with the detailed scan in the second trimester.
  • The sonographer will also observe, assess and grade the body movements, fine motor movements, breathing pattern and measure amniotic fluid volume around your baby.
  • The length of your exam depends on how much your baby moves and its position.
  • You may experience mild to moderate pressure while the sonographer takes the images.
  • Please advise the sonographer if you are having trouble holding your bladder at any time during the ultrasound.
  • If you need to move into a more comfortable position, please let the sonographer know.
  • During your exam, you can view the images on the monitor provided.
  • While the sonographer may be concentrating on completing your ultrasound in a timely manner, they will describe what you are seeing at the end of the test.
  • You may bring your partner, family member or friend into the ultrasound room during the exam or at the end, whichever is your preference. Please ensure that young children are supervised during the exam and we can bring them in at the conclusion of your ultrasound.
  • We will give you a CD of select images of your baby at the conclusion of your test.

WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?

We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

This exam is covered under the Alberta and Saskatchewan Health Care Plans. 

For Your Appointment

Please ensure that you bring your requisition with to your appointment.

Questions?

Duration

30-40 minutes