Obstetric ultrasound refers to a scan of a pregnant woman to assess the well-being of her pregnancy.
Obstetric ultrasound may be used at various stages of the pregnancy to obtain valuable information about the progress of the pregnancy.
For obstetric scans you will be required to have a full or partially full bladder. This will be dependant on the stage of your pregnancy and will be outlined to you upon scheduling your appointment.
- Early Pregnancy Scan
Early pregnancy scans, also referred to as dating scans, are performed to establish due dates, check for twins, and assess whether the pregnancy is progressing normally.
- Nuchal Translucency Assessment
The Nuchal Translucency measurement is an assessment of the amount of fluid in the skin at the back of the baby’s neck.
These scans are performed between 12 weeks and 4 days and 13 weeks and 6 days. The measurements obtained at the scan are combined with blood test results and maternal age to assess the risk of Down’s Syndrome. Baby’s structure is also assessed to be appropriate for this age.
- Morphology Scan
The term ‘morphology’ refers to ‘the structure of the baby’ – these important medical scans are used to screen for a wide range of structural abnormalities. The sonographer will carefully review the different parts of your baby and gender at this stage.
- Third Trimester Scan
Third trimester scans are performed to monitor the growth and well-being of the baby and assess other parameters that give information about the pregnancy
- Your original referral or request form
- Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
- Previous relevant imaging
Up to 1 hour. Scan times will vary depending on stage of pregnancy and activity of baby.