Nothing can match the excitement of seeing that first ultrasound picture of your baby. In addition to the joy of seeing your child, ultrasound gives your Women's Healthcare Associates provider valuable information about your pregnancy, including confirming your due date, looking at your baby’s anatomy, screening for birth defects, and monitoring the growth and health of your baby. It’s important to understand, however, that ultrasound can’t tell us everything or detect all birth defects.
Women’s Healthcare Associates has more than 15 sonographers on staff who are registered in their area of specialty with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Our sonographers have many years of specialized experience obtaining images of babies in the womb that are essential to monitoring the progress of your pregnancy and assuring optimal health of your unborn child.
Obstetric ultrasounds performed at Women’s Healthcare Associates result in many images (sometimes up to 70 or more) of your baby that are all reviewed and interpreted by one of our Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists (Perinatologists) These doctors are specialized OB/GYN physicians who have extensive training and experience in the evaluation of obstetric ultrasounds. They work hand-in-hand with our sonographers every day to obtain the information necessary for your provider to effectively manage your pregnancy.
Sometimes 3-D or 4-D ultrasound is used at Northwest Perinatal Center to obtain more information on an area of concern, such as a cleft lip or palate, a cardiac abnormality or an aspect of the baby’s anatomy that is difficult to capture using 2-D ultrasound because of the way the baby is positioned in the womb. Three-and four-dimensional ultrasound are technologies that continue to be developed and can provide images that are much more realistic. While it is very exciting to see a ‘picture’ of your child captured using these technologies, their greatest value is derived from the additional information they offer your provider.
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