diagnostics

We provide our services to many expectant families desiring to complete their ultrasound in a more family-centered, patient-focused environment. Prenatal Vision Ultrasound employs registered diagnostic sonographers (RDMS) who perform your diagnostic ultrasound. Once the diagnostic ultrasound is complete, the reports of all findings are forwarded to our supervising physician and the patient’s physician, midwife, or clinic overseeing the pregnancy.

Prenatal Vision Ultrasound also offers 3D/4D ultrasounds. An increasing amount of research is present on the usefulness of 3D scans and the diagnosis of fetal anomalies. Present evidence has already suggested that smaller defects such as spina bifida, cleft lips/palate, and polydactyl may be more clearly demonstrated. Other more subtle features such as low-set ears, facial dysmorphia or clubbing of feet can be better assessed. The ability to obtain a good 3D picture is nevertheless still very much dependent on operator skill, the amount of amniotic fluid around the fetus, fetal position and the degree of maternal obesity.

This scan will check the baby’s 4 chamber heart, brain, spine, bowel, kidneys, bladder, 3V cord, cord insertion and limbs to detect any abnormalities. Prenatal ultrasound cannot diagnose all malformations and problems of an unborn baby, so one should never interpret a normal scan report as a guarantee that the baby will be completely normal. Some abnormalities are very difficult to find or to be absolutely certain about.

Some conditions, like for example hydrocephalus, may not have been obvious at the time of the earlier scan. The position of the baby in the uterus has a great deal to do with how well one sees certain organs such as the heart, face and spine. Sometimes a repeat examination has to be scheduled the following day, in the hopes the baby has moved.

WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING DIAGNOSTICS SERVICES:

Fetal Anatomy Screening with Fetal Measurements -$285
The fetal measurements include:
The Biparietal Diameter (BPD)
The diameter between the 2 sides of the head. This is measured after 13 weeks. It increases from about 2.4 cm at 13 weeks to about 9.5 cm at term.
The Head Circumference (HC)
The head circumference is used similar to the BPD for dating. It is supposed to be better than the BPD because it compensates for the shape of the fetal head.
The Femur Length (FL)
Measures the longest bone in the body and reflects the longitudinal growth of the fetus. Its usefulness is similar to the BPD. It increases from about 1.5 cm at 14 weeks to about 7.8 cm at term.
The Abdominal Circumference (AC)
The single most important measurement to make in late pregnancy. It reflects more of fetal size and weight rather than age.

Fetal Position -$45
This scan is done closer to the end of pregnancy to assure the physician that the baby is in the vertex position (head down).

Placental Localization -$45
Ultrasonography has become indispensable in the localization of the site of the placenta and determining its lower edges, thus making a diagnosis or an exclusion of placenta previa.

Biophysical Profiles – $175
Hydramnios and Oligohydramnios are the excessive or decreased amount of amniotic fluid. This can be clearly depicted by ultrasound. Both of these conditions can have adverse effects on the fetus.