One of the most corroborative tests that can be performed to obtain the exact status of a fetus’s health at any stage of pregnancy is the fetal ultrasound. Sound waves produced in the procedure of fetal ultrasound get encoded to the form of an image that is displayed on a screen connected to the machine of ultrasound. When decoded carefully, these image codes of the fetal ultrasound are capable of giving an idea of the status of fetal health and placental sac atmosphere. Issues related to the health of the fetus such as malformations or nutritional deficiency can be readily detected by fetal ultrasound at an appropriate timing at which these conditions can be corrected. Decoding the codes of a fetal ultrasound report can be fun and informative for any prospective mother. There are five main codes that you may see on any ultrasound you bring home.
Interpret the code 76801 as presence of one fetus in the gestational sac in the first trimester. The code 76802 should be interpreted as an additional fetus presence in the first trimester.
Interpret the code 76805 as presence of one fetus in the gestational sac in the post-first trimester period. The code 76810 should be interpreted as an additional fetus presence in the post-first trimester period.
Interpret the code 76811 as a more extensive evaluation performed for the pregnancies that run a higher risk of malformations in the baby at the time of birth.
Tips & Warnings
- Always confirm the description of codes from the physician’s office after you have interpreted them after going through the fetal ultrasound report.