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What is level II ultrasound?

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. Your amniotic fluid level will also be measured along with your baby’s heart rate and size. Birth defects can also be detected during the test.

Level II ultrasounds are typically scheduled during the second trimester and are conducted just like a normal ultrasound.

Our approach

We look at the big picture first, so we can better understand the small ones.

Before conducting a level II ultrasound, the physician reviews your screening results, medical history and previous pregnancy history to target the specific locations where complications could occur. Your doctor will have an idea of where to look and what to look for before the ultrasound examination begins. Every level II ultrasound is individualized to each woman and her baby’s specific risk factors.

Our physicians are specialists in maternal fetal medicine. This means we have advanced skills in using fetal ultrasound and echocardiography to screen for birth defects and chromosome problems. Our attention to detail and depth of experience earned our offices accreditation from The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Why it's done

Level II ultrasounds are typically recommended between 18 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Your physician will be able to determine if there are any abnormalities, complications or development issues with you or your baby. You will be notified immediately of the results.

What to expect after treatment

If your doctor has any concerns or sees something abnormal during the level II ultrasound, you will be given a consultation to help you fully understand the complications and potential risks. Your doctor may then recommend additional tests and a visit to a Northwell maternal fetal medicine specialist for state-of-the-art high-risk pregnancy treatment.

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