High Resolution Ultrasound
The Center for Fetal Medicine is a state-approved Prenatal Diagnosis Center. We have the ability to screen and test for maternal or fetal complications using state-of-the-art ultrasound (including 3D and 4D capabilities) in conjunction with diagnostic testing as needed. We provide preconception consultations, gynecologic ultrasound evaluations as well as advanced care for complicated maternal-fetal conditions and multiple gestations.
Obstetrical ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to create images of the fetus, placenta and amniotic fluid. These images can be viewed in real time on a computer monitor by patient and doctor. An obstetrical ultrasound is often performed several times throughout pregnancy to monitor the growth and development of the fetus. During the first trimester, ultrasound can determine the age of the fetus or detect some potential birth defects. Later in the pregnancy, regular ultrasound exams measure the size (and position) of the fetus, placenta and amniotic fluid to help ensure that the delivery will not have any major complications.
An obstetrical ultrasound can be performed in your doctor’s office during a regular visit. This procedure can be performed transabdominally or transvaginally, depending on the individual patient. A transabdominal ultrasound involves applying a gel to the lower abdomen and moving a transducer across the skin. This type of exam requires a full bladder that cannot be emptied until after the procedure is over. Transabdominal ultrasounds take 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
A transvaginal ultrasound involves inserting a transducer into the vagina and rotating it for a comprehensive view of the fetus and surrounding organs. Patients may experience some mild pressure similar to that experienced during a regular gynecological exam. There are no special preparations needed for this procedure, and it can usually be completed in 15 to 30 minutes. A transvaginal ultrasound can provide more detailed images of the uterus and ovaries and is especially useful during the early stages of pregnancy.
Ultrasound results are immediately visible on a computer screen for the doctor and patient to view together. More detailed results are usually available within one to two days, which your doctor will analyze for any additional information. Normal results will show a healthy fetus that has a normal size, heart and breathing rate and no visible birth defects.
If abnormal results occur, your doctor may perform additional testing or a procedure to address the abnormality.
What Technology do we use?
The Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound uses the latest technology and is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine(AIUM). Our credentialed staff includes our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians and credentialed perinatal sonographers. We are able to generate incredible realistic images of the human fetus through the use of an advanced illumination model, and that uses up to three virtual light sources to illuminate both the fetus and surrounding fluid for enhanced depth perception and realism. Our ultrasound services include color and pulsed Doppler studies, fetal biophysical profiles, fetal echocardiography and nuchal translucency screening.
High resolution ultrasound can analyze any specific organ in the baby’s body to determine whether the child is at risk for the following genetic conditions:
- Spinal bifida
- Cleft palate, lip
- Heart developmental abnormalities
- Down Syndrome
- Trisomy 18, 13
- Skeletal dysplasia
High Resolution Ultrasound poses no risk to the mother or baby, as it does not emit radiation as ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves in a safe, noninvasive imaging procedure.