Ultrasound in Pregnancy

Ultrasound is used to assess the health and development of the baby throughout pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss with you which examinations are needed in your pregnancy. Doppler ultrasound is used to look at blood flow in structures such as the heart and umbilical cord.

3 and 4D Ultrasound imaging may be used in all pregnancy ultrasound examinations. It can be helpful in diagnosis and provide very life-like pictures of your baby. The best images are obtained during the late pregnancy ultrasounds when they are most baby like in appearance.

Not everyone finds 3D images appealing. In the first half of pregnancy the image of the face can be quite skeletal in appearance.
The quality of all ultrasound images is affected by the position of the baby, the amount of fluid around the face and other maternal factors. We will always strive to provide the best images of your baby.
A DVD is provided for all pregnancy ultrasounds. It provides a medical record of the examination as well as images for your enjoyment.

There are four types of pregnancy ultrasound

Early Ultrasound (before 11 weeks)

Early Ultrasounds are performed to check all is well with the pregnancy and when it is due. Bleeding and pain are the commonest reasons for an early pregnancy ultrasound. One in four women experience bleeding in pregnancy, some will miscarry but most will not. Ultrasound can diagnose miscarriage or provide reassurance that all is well. Other thing s which may be found at this time are twins, ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts and fibroids. Most early pregnancy ultrasounds are performed with external and internal/vaginal approaches. The small internal vaginal scanner causes less discomfort than a smear test examination. It almost always gives clearer and more accurate information about early pregnancy development.

11–14 Weeks with Down Syndrome Screening

This is the most important ultrasound in pregnancy. Most 11-14 week pregnancy ultrasounds are performed with external and internal/vaginal approaches. The small internal vaginal scanner causes less discomfort than a smear test examination. It almost always gives clearer and more accurate information about this stage of pregnancy.

There are three major objectives

Melbourne Ultrasound for Women
––– 507 Hampton Street, Hampton Victoria Australia –––
Telephone: 03 9521 6777