Obstetric ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool in pregnancy. The antenatal detection of medical problems in pregnancy and with the baby is very important. Early detection enables identified problems to be managed and, in some cases, antenatal treatment can be instituted. Common concerns that can be detected or predicted include chromosomal abnormalities, a small baby, pre-eclampsia and structural problems with the baby. It is reassuring for parents when a scan shows that their baby that is developing normally. Scanning helps with pregnancy bonding, and this cannot be emphasised enough.
Ultrasound is used to assess the structure of internal organs as they function (‘real time’ imaging). It is often one of the first types of diagnostic imaging used as it is safe and can be used to assess many body parts. Ultrasound is used to examine many parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, kidneys, prostate, scrotum, thyroid gland, muscles and assess blood flow through the vascular system.
PROCEDURES AND TESTING
The Nuchal Translucency (NT) scan, commonly referred to as the '12 week scan’, is not only a screening test for Down Syndrome and Other Conditions, it can also be used to assess the development of your baby to reassure you and your Maternity Carer that the pregnancy is going well.
Our doctors and sonographers have certified training in this important scan and you can be reassured our team are equipped to pick up any concerns.
Expectant mothers can avoid many anxious moments because all necessary counselling and tests can be arranged on site. Our Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr Marlow will be by your side to provide information and support. If you choose or require invasive testing we are able to arrange the promptly for you.
GYNECOLOGY & FERTILITY ULTRASOUND
At Wellington Ultrasound we have doctors and sonographers who specialise in tertiary gynaecology and fertility ultrasound. Ultrasound is an efficient and safe imaging modality with which to examine the female pelvic organs, and as such, is considered an essential first line investigation for many suspected gynaecological conditions.