A member asked:
hi, i just want to ask about the ultrasound for pregnancy. is it possible to determine in ultrasound how old the baby is inside?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Danae Steele answered
30 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Ultrasound is one of the best ways to determine how far along a pregnancy is , but it is much more accurate in the early part of a pregnancy than later. An ultrasound done in the first trimester (up to 12 weeks of pregnancy) is accurate to within 7 days. In the 3rd trimester (the last 3 months of pregnancy) it is only accurate to within 3 weeks for determining how far along the pregnancy is.
Answered on Jun 5, 2014
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen answered
46 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Gestational age: The ultrasound will take measurements of the fetus. Those measurements are used to determine fetal age. The best estimate of gestational age is in the first trimester when the error is within + or - 3 days. In the early second trimester the estimate has an error of plus or minus one week. Later in pregnancy the error increases to + or - two or three weeks. So first trimester is best for dating.
Answered on May 18, 2012
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
With great precision: An early ultrasound is the most precise (+/- 3-5 days until 8 weeks) in the determination of the due date and therefore the fetal age. This declines to +/-5-7 days @8-12 weeks +/-7-10 days @13-23 weeks +/-10-14 days @24-28 weeks +/-14-17 days @29-32 weeks and +/- 17-21 days thereafter. Due to the biological variation of the ovulation date ultrasound <24 weeks is more reliable than last period!
Answered on Jun 6, 2015
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