Babies Scanning Obstetrics

Baby ClinicNew arrival? It is an exciting time for most parents whether it’s their first child or an addition to the family. With modern technology, it is possible to watch your baby grow healthily and bond with it emotionally long before it is born.

Obstetric scanning is predominantly for diagnostic purposes.  However, the use of 2D/3D/4D ultrasound scanning can also be done for non-diagnostic reasons, and for keepsake images of the baby.  This should only be performed by an experienced obstetrician or sonographer, who will be fully trained in the interpretation of its results and images and the safe application of ultrasound including its potential hazards.

Pregnancy ultrasound imaging is widely used to evaluate the baby. It can determine if a baby is present, the position of your baby and how many there are. It will also help the diagnosis of abnormalities or problems help determine the age of the pregnancy and your due date as well as evaluating the position of the placenta in relation to the birth canal.

At the Specialist Medical Clinic, our Consultant Obstetrician (Dr Ramin Pakzad) will perform the scans for both diagnostic and keepsake purposes at intervals during your pregnancy term.

 

3D/4D bonding and foetal wellbeing scan
Ultrasound is the only non-invasive way to see a baby in the womb. Recent advances in imaging have resulted in the introduction of three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound.

2D Scan - Baby FaceUsed in conjunction with traditional two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound, 3D/4D ultrasound provides more detail in “real” time, so your baby can be seen moving around.

A 3D/4D ultrasound scan best time is between 26 – 32 weeks for the most realistic pictures. At this stage we will clearly be able to see your baby’s face, hands, fingers, feet and toes as well as any facial movements or gestures it may be making.

Because of the quality of the images, a number of parents-to be are able to see physical similarities to family members.

There are, however, limitations in some instances with a 3D/4D scan. Insufficient amniotic fluid around your baby, or if it has its face covered or is looking away, it may prevent us from obtaining a clear picture of your baby’s facial features.

 

Doppler Ultrasound is a form of ultrasonic wave which enables the practitioner to see and measure the blood flow. It is commonly used to see and hear the heartbeat of the foetus and monitor the blood flow in the Umbilical Cord.  This is never done in the first trimester of pregnancy.

 

There are several types of scan that can be offered by Specialist Medical Clinic:

Early pregnancy scans (4-11 weeks) confirms the pregnancy and assess the position of the gestation sac. The recommended guidelines for foetal measurements at this stage of your pregnancy will be taken. 

Just before 14 weeks (ideally 13 weeks + 6 days) a Nuchal Transparency scan can be done.  This non-invasive test measures the fluid collection within the skin at the back of the baby’s neck.  Dependent on the measurement the risk of Down's syndrome, as well as other chromosomal abnormalities and heart problems increases.

An anomaly scan is usually done at around 20 weeks.  During this hour long examination the Consultant Obstetrician will check bones, stomach, kidneys, diaphragm, heart, umbilical ring, bladder, placenta, Doppler uterina, a.cerebri med, profile, cerebellum etc.

The final scan after 24+ weeks is growth and foetal wellbeing scan.  At this stage the Consultant Obstetrician will be able to take measurements of your baby’s head; abdomen and femur (thigh) to check that your baby is growing normally. From these measurements it is also possible to estimate your baby’s weight.  Dependant on your term date it may also be possible to confirm the position of your baby.

 

For prices and packages available please contact us.

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