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We provide state-of-the-art, high-resolution ultrasound services for the obstetrical patient. All patients receive an extensive ultrasound exam to evaluate the placenta, the umbilical cord, fetal growth and fetal anatomy. Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists use comprehensive ultrasound scans to detect fetal anomalies throughout pregnancy.
A Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist trained in ultrasound is in the office at all times for consultation and typically sees each patient. During the patient's visit to the office, she will immediately be informed of the ultrasound findings, and they will be communicated to her personal physician by the consulting specialist.
We offer a full range of prenatal screening tests utilizing ultrasound, including first trimester screening (FTS), second trimester screening, and integrated and sequential screening. FTS integrated and sequential screening offered in the first trimester of pregnancy are the most sensitive and earliest screens available for the detection of Down syndrome. They incorporate the measurement of the nuchal translucency (NT), which is done between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. The NT ultrasound measurement, combined with a blood test, can help detect Down syndrome as well as other concerns during pregnancy. We also offer ultrasound-guided diagnostic amniocentesis for prenatal genetic testing.
In the second trimester, an extensive ultrasound study is used to screen for structural abnormalities of the fetus, as well as abnormalities in fetal growth and amniotic fluid volumes. We offer a range of testing involving ultrasound designed to assess fetal well-being such as the Biophysical Profile (BPP), Doppler studies and ultrasound-guided amniocentesis, if warranted. The BPP allows us to observe several different biophysical parameters of the fetus with ultrasound in order to assess fetal well-being. Doppler studies allow us to evaluate the blood flow between the placenta and the fetus, or within different fetal vessels. Both the BPP and Doppler studies are non-invasive and can provide information useful in managing high-risk pregnancies. In cases of suspected anomalies, we can also utilize 3-D imaging. This allows the Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist to manipulate the images using different techniques to further enhance the ultrasound study and possibly assist with diagnosis.