What is A Biophysical Profile (BPP)?

By on July 2, 2019

At Carnegie Imaging we offer a wide selection of ultrasound services. One type of ultrasound that we do, typically in the third trimester, is called a biophysical profile, or a BPP.

This appointment typically takes 30 minutes. In this ultrasound, our team checks the following parameters:

  • We’re going to look at the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.
  • We’re going to look for movements of the baby
  • We’re going to look for tone.
  • We’re also going to see if the baby is practicing breathing.

If the baby does all these tasks, as and has a normal amount of amniotic fluid, we will tell you the baby had a normal biophysical profile and you will need to come as your doctor requested.

There are times during the biophysical profile that the baby may be sleeping, or the baby may not be moving or practicing breathing, in these cases, you will need additional testing. Usually, that additional testing is done either at your doctor’s office or in labor and delivery.

To learn more about our offered ultrasound services, give us a call today!

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