OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND

EARLY PREGNANCY                

 (6 TO 12 WEEKS)

  • Age of the fetus (size of the fetus)

  • Number of fetuses

  • A heartbeat

  • Whether there are any unusual features (fibroids etc.)

    It will usually be performed abdominally, although a vaginal scan may be necessary for pregnancies less than 10 weeks. 

NUCHAL TRANSLUCENCY SCANS   

(12 TO 13 WEEKS)

There are two functions to the Nuchal Translucency scan. The first is a screening test for Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18, and the second is to establish who has a high risk pregnancy with regards to Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18. With the use of ultrasound between the gestational ages of 12 to 13 weeks, the thickness at the back of your baby's neck is measured.

This measurement is very specific and only trained accredited operators are able to do this scan. The Nuchal Translucency scan does not diagnose your baby as having these genetic abnormalities but establishes a risk in combination with your blood test results.  The results of your scan are sent to your referring doctor and they will discuss the results with you at your next appointment. It is important that you follow up these results with your referring doctor.

In order to take an accurate measurement your baby needs to be in a very specific position to meet all the criteria for an accurate measurement. Sometimes this takes time and on the rare occasion you may be asked to reschedule at no further cost due to baby being uncooperative. 

2nd trimester - morphology    

 (18 to 22 weeks)

Also known as the 18-22 week (2nd trimester) pregnancy ultrasound examination, a Morphology Scan is considered part of routine obstetric care. The purpose of this examination is to assess:

  • Baby's physical development and assess anatomy. This involves a detailed examination of the baby’s head, brain, face, lips, heart, stomach, lungs, abdominal wall, kidneys, bladder, spine arms, legs, hands, and feet.

  • Position of placenta

  • Volume of fluid around the baby

This examination is expected to detect the majority of major fetal malformations. It is important to appreciate however that such an examination does not detect all abnormalities.

The sex of your baby can often be determined on this scan. Ultrasound is never 100% accurate and fetal position and cooperation will play a big part. If you don’t wish to know the sex of your baby, please tell us at the start of the examination.

3rd TRIMESTER                              

(22 weeks +)

Should your doctor require a further scan from this moment, it is generally performed to monitor growth, well being, check the fluid surrounding the baby or assess any abnormality previously noted.

4D ultrasound - happy snaps!

(26 to 32 weeks)

An opportunity to really see your baby before your baby sees you!  CitiScan offers an extended obstetric imaging service to those who have had their imaging done right from the early stage.  4D means you can view your baby in real time as a video moving image and see your baby in far more picturesque detail.   * 4D Image quality is very dependant on baby positioning at time of scan.  No referral form required. 

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