- Performed any time
- A GP or Obstetrician may order this test to assess normal development and wellbeing not being limited to foetalheart beat, size, volume of amniotic fluid, placenta position, movements of the baby.
- This scan is performed if the referring Doctor is concerned about the size of the baby, suspects a breech presentation, there is maternal unexpected bleeding, multiple pregnancy or for maternal issues such as pre-eclampsia.
- It is recommended that patients wear loose comfortable clothing with easy access to the abdomen area (without zippers, buttons, jewellery or metallic accessories)
- Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the appointment to complete paperwork.
- The patient is required to drink fluids and refrain from going to the toilet, ensuring the patient is not uncomfortably full.
- The patient is provided images of the foetus.
- We request that no photographer or video is performed during the examination.
- A sonographer will call the patient name and escort the patient through to the examination room
- The sonographer will provide information about the procedure prior to commencing the scan, providing ample time to answer any questions the patient may have.
- The patient will be asked to lay down on the examination table
- The abdomen is exposed and water-based gel is applied to the skin
- A transducer is glided gently over the abdomen by the Sonographer. Patients generally are able to view the image of the foetus on the imaging screen.
- The patient may be asked to perform different movements/positions during the procedure.
- The sonographer will take many measurements of the baby such as the head size, length of baby and the fluid at the back of baby’s neck, as well as looking at the placenta and the cervix.
- The patient may be asked to perform different movements / positions
- Patients should advise the sonographer as to whether they would like to know the sex of the baby or not.
Risks or Side Effects
Ultrasound scanning has no known harmful effects on the mother or the baby.