Ultrasound examination of the unborn baby is important in the care of every pregnancy. It is a window to the miraculous world of the developing baby and a powerful experience giving parents the opportunity to view their unborn child and have peace of mind about the health of their baby. Ultrasound examinations are with you every step of the way. For nine months your child’s heart will beat inside of you and then forever on the outside. These momentous moments are the platform of an eternal bond.
5-6 Week Pregnancy – A gestational sac is clearly depicted at 5 weeks (calculated from the first day of last period) and the embryo with heartbeat at 6 weeks. The viability of the foetus, foetal age, due date and location of the gestational sac will be determined. In the presence of pelvic pain and/or bleeding, an
investigation is done for ectopic pregnancy (abnormal implantation site), ovarian cyst or abnormal pregnancy.
Nuchal Translucency Pregnancy Scan (11-14 weeks) – Measurement of the nuchal translucency in the neck is effective in detecting the possibility of a Down’s Syndrome, Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18 baby. A patient specific risk is calculated on maternal age, nasal bone, nuchal measurement and brain development.
2nd Trimester Anatomy Screening (18-24 weeks) – The foetus is thoroughly screened in the investigation of structural and chromosomal abnormalities. Foetal size, weight, organs, limbs, digits, heart rate, umbilical cord, placental position, amniotic fluid, multiple pregnancies, movements and gender are documented. Kicking, waving, yawning and even blinking can be captured.
3rd Trimester Scan – Foetal position, growth, weight, well-being placental position and fluid volume are assessed at this scan. Certain abnormalities manifest in later pregnancy which is investigated.
3D/4DScan (12-33 weeks) – 3D images are impressive reconstructions of the foetal image while 4D scans are dynamic reconstructions of the moving baby displaying kicking, blinking, yawning and waving. 3D/4D scans are perfect opportunities for psychological bonding with its spectacular pictures designed to impress Moms and Dads.
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