Pregnancy / Ultrasound in Pregnancy

Ultrasounds in Pregnancy

Women’s Health Group are delighted to be able to offer ultrasound scans to expectant mums.

Early Dating (7 – 12 weeks) €150 

This includes photographs and a computer print out of details obtained.

This scan is performed to:

  • calculate the gestational age
  • confirm the presence of the baby’s heartbeat
  • look for twins or triplets etc
  • to confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus

A full bladder is required for this scan.  Sometimes it will be necessary to carry out an internal ultrasound examination.

On occasions it is possible that you will receive a report that cannot confirm how the pregnancy is progressing.  This is normally due to the fact that it is simply too early to see the pregnancy or the pregnancy is not growing as it should.  If, at your appointment it is not possible to confirm whether your pregnancy is ongoing or not we will recommend that you have a repeat scan in 1 - 2 weeks.

Early Pregnancy Scan - What To Expect At Women’s Health Group

A scan in early pregnancy is usually performed in the first trimester between 7 - 12 weeks gestation.   You may be having a scan for a number of reasons including confirmation of the EDD (estimated date of delivery), to confirm the pregnancy or just for peace of mind.   You may have a scan earlier in pregnancy if you are experiencing complications in the pregnancy such as bleeding or if you have a history of miscarriage .

When you arrive at Women’s Health Group you will be met by a member of our administration team.   If it is your first time with us you will be asked to complete a registration form.   You will then be asked to have a seat in our waiting area where you will await your sonographer.

Your sonographer will meet with you and take you to the ultrasound room.  Your registration details will be confirmed with by the sonographer before the ultrasound procedure begins.

There are two types of early pregnancy scans; an abdominal scan and a transvaginal scan.  An abdominal scan is performed by placing the transducer onto the abdomen of the patient.  A lubricating gel is used to facilitate the scan.  The process of abdominal scan is non invasive and painless.   You will need to have a full bladder for an early pregnancy scan.  Drinking about one pint of water one hour beforehand is normally sufficient to fill the bladder.

A transvaginal ultrasound can detect earlier pregnancies.   It is often necessary for the sonographer to perform a transvaginal scan (TVS) in very early pregnancy.  A TVS involves the insertion of a probe into the vagina.  Transvaginal ultrasound gives a much clearer view.  If the sonographer feels it necessary to proceed to a TVS the procedure will be discussed with you and your permission obtained.   Like an abdominal ultrasound a TVS is not painful but may be a little uncomfortable.

When the scan is being performed your sonographer will:

  • check for a fetal heart
  • calculate the gestational age
  • determine the estimated date of delivery
  • look for multiples
  • will check to exclude an ectopic pregnancy.

The ultrasound is available for you to view on a TV screen which is located on the wall at the end of the ultrasound couch.   This allows you to view the images produced by the transducer.   At this stage in pregnancy it may not be easy for you to make out what you are seeing on screen but the sonographer will explain what you are looking at.

It is our aim to make your visit with us as relaxing, enjoyable and as stress free as possible.  If you have any questions before, during the early pregnancy scan or after your visit please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff and we would be delighted to assist with your query.

 

Non Invasive Prenatal Test (after 10 weeks gestation) €500

 

Non invasive prenatal testing - NIPT analyses cell-free DNA circulating in the pregnant mother's blood.

It is a new option in prenatal screening for Down Syndrome (trisomy 21) and other common chromosonal conditions (trisomy 18 and 13).  The pregnancy is not put at risk of miscarriage.

The test identifies in singleton pregnancies more than 99% of fetuses with trisomy 21, 98% of fetuses with trisomy 18 and 80% of fetuses with trisomy 13

 

Later Dating Pregnancy Scan (12 - 17 weeks) €150

This includes photographs and a computer print out of details obtained.

This scan is performed to

  • verify the baby’s heartbeat
  • calculate the gestational age and determine estimated date of delivery
  • look for multiples ( twins, triplets etc)
  • determine that the baby is located normally within the womb and that the pregnancy is progressing normally at this stage
  • examine placental site

 

Anatomy Survey (21 - 24 weeks) €200 

This includes photographs and a computer print out of details obtained.

This scan consists of a full anatomical survey.   The placenta will be localised and measurements of your baby will be performed to ensure that it is growing normally.

The majority of babies are healthy at birth, but unfortunately about 2-3% of babies are born with a birth defect.   About half of these major defects will be seen on scan and half will not be detected during pregnancy.  This means that even if your scan is apparently normal there is a small chance that your baby may still have a problem because ultrasound has its limitations.

Anatomy Survey Scan - What to expect at Women’s Health Group

An anatomy scan is often referred to as “the twenty week scan” or “the detailed scan”.  It is normally performed between 21 - 24 weeks gestation as this is the best opportunity during pregnancy to examine all the anatomy of your baby in great detail.   It is not necessary for you to have a full bladder for this scan. The anatomy scan is a transabdominal scan and is non-invasive procedure.

When you arrive at Women’s Health group you will be greeted by a member of our administration team.  It is likely that you may have previously attended Women’s Health Group for an early dating pregnancy scan but if this is your first time with us you will be given a registration form to complete. You will then be directed to our waiting area where you will await your sonographer.

Your sonographer will meet you in the waiting area and take you to the ultrasound room.   They will confirm your details before the ultrasound procedure begins.

The sonographer will spend the majority of the time looking at various anatomical details of the baby that are not obvious to you but the sonographer will explain what you are looking at as they scan your baby.   It is our aim to make your visit with us as relaxing and as stress free as possible so if you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask your sonographer.

The sonographer will check all your baby’s organs and take measurements and images.   She will check your baby’s face, baby’s spine, baby’s abdominal wall, baby’s heart, kidneys and stomach.   Your baby’s arms legs, hands and feet will also be checked.  Measurements of the baby’s head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur will be taken.

As well as checking the how your baby is growing the sonographer will check the placenta, the umbilical cord and the amniotic fluid.

It is sometimes possible to tell the sex of the baby at this scan, but not always.   If you wish to know the gender of your baby please inform your sonographer at beginning of your ultrasound.  However, determining the sex of the baby is not always easy and it can depend on position of the baby in the uterus.   Baby needs to be in a favourable position to visualise the genital area and the baby does not always oblige.

If at the time of scan a problem is suspected, you will be told at that stage that there may be a problem.  A full discussion of the problem may require you to be reviewed by a fetal medicine specialists.  This can usually be organised within 24 hours if the problem is deemed urgent.  Most problems that need repeat scanning are not serious and approximately 15% of scans will need to be repeated of one reason or another.

At the end of your scan you will be given images of your baby and a detailed report on the findings of your scan.

 

3D/4D Scan (25 - 30 weeks) (20 - 26 in twin pregnancy) €200

See your baby's face, hands and feet.  Watch him/her move within the womb.  This scan includes colour pictures and DVD.  Gender can be told upon request at no extra fee. (please note, this is not a diagnostic scan and is not intended for those purposes)

 

Gender Scan: Growth and Well Being Pregnancy Scan (20 weeks +) €150

This includes photographs and a computer print out of details obtained.

The purpose of this scan:

  • to determine gender (from 20 weeks gestation ).

Sometimes due to presentation and lie, baby is not in a favourable position to determine the gender. If this is the case it may be necessary for you to return for one further scan appointment when hopefully baby will be in a more favourable position.

Gender determination is 85% accurate.

  • to determine the lie & presentation of the baby (breech or cephalic)
  • to estimate fetal weight
  • to determine the location of the placenta
  • to measure the fluid around the baby
  • to measure the blood flow in the baby’s umbilical artery

Growth & Well Being (22 weeks +) €150 

This includes photographs and a computer print out of details obtained.

The purpose of this scan is:

  • to determine the lie & presentation of the baby (breech or cephalic)
  • to estimate fetal weight
  • to determine the location of the placenta
  • to measure the fluid around the baby
  • to measure the blood flow in the baby’s umbilical artery
  • to determine gender (from 19 weeks gestation ).

It is not always possible to determine the gender of the baby due to the presentation or lie of the baby.  If we are unable to determine gender on the day an appointment for a further scan will be made when hopefully baby will be in a more favourable position.  Gender Determination is 85% accurate

Post Dates & Liquor (40 weeks +) €150.00

This includes photographs and a computer print out of details obtained.

The purpose of this scan is:

  • to determine the liquor volume surrounding baby
  • to determine the lie & presentation of the baby (breech or cephalic)
  • to estimate fetal weight
  • to determine the location of the placenta


 


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