Biophysical Profile

Biophysical Profile is a scoring system that is done with an ultrasound to help detect fetal compromise in many high risk circumstances. In this exam the sonographer observes fetal behaviors and movements in a 30 minute period. This can give your doctor valuable information to insure your baby receives the best possible prenatal care.

Procedure

  • You will lie on an exam table with your pelvis exposed.
  • A non-greasy gel will be applied to your skin during the exam.
  • The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your pelvis to obtain images of your baby and pelvic organs.
  • This exam can take up to 45 minutes.

Preparation

  • 32 ounces of water must be consumed one hour prior to exam time unless otherwise instructed.
  • Do not empty your bladder until exam is complete unless otherwise instructed.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.

Considerations

  • Let the technologist know:
    • If you have difficulty holding your bladder.
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