An obstetric ultrasound can provide insight into the baby’s health and growth. We offer both 3D and 4D imaging with results read on site.
Expecting a baby is an exciting and nerve-racking time. It is also a time filled with doctor visits, exams and often uncertainty. As you go from appointment to appointment, you don’t want to have to wait for answers.
At Valley Perinatal, we understand this concern—we have been helping mothers for years achieve better outcomes with their high-risk pregnancies. That is why we don’t make you wait for results when having your obstetric ultrasound at our office. We make sure you are comfortable and get your results in a timely manner.
At Valley Perinatal, we offer 3D/4D obstetric ultrasounds along with state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging technology with superior image quality and diagnostic capabilities. The services provided with this technology ensure that your needs are met. Every examination is completed by a sonographer who is required to be ARDMS certified and is fully trained on the latest digital ultrasound technology. Your exam is then reviewed by one of our Board Certified physicians. The results are promptly shared with you and sent to your physician.
Advancements in ultrasound technology have required our team to be highly specialized in ultrasound imaging. To match the continuous growth of this technology, our providers are supported with continuing education and training. Therefore, you can feel confident that you are given the best care possible.
Imaging and Tests During Pregnancy
At Valley Perinatal, we offer the following:
3D/4D Obstetric Ultrasound
The 3D/4D obstetric ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. This method is preferred for monitoring pregnancies as it does not use ionizing radiation and has no known harmful effects. The ultrasound image is captured in real-time and can show structure and movement. This type of procedure is painless and does not require any special preparation by the patient.
Fetal Screening to Exclude Birth Defects – High and Low Risk
Our expert health care providers assess the health of the baby by reviewing the results from the ultrasound scan, including low and high-risk birth defects. Early detection of any anomalies can help you become better prepared for the birth of your baby.
Fetal Dating and Growth Scans
A fetal dating scan can help determine the gestational age, or how far along you are during the pregnancy. The fetal growth scan is also used to determine how well your baby is growing and the position in which he or she is in the uterus. During the scan, different measurements of your baby are taken along with observations of their activity inside the womb.
Valley Perinatal is equipped to handle pregnancies that are considered to be level two and above.
Suspected or Known Anomalies
Our healthcare professionals will work with you to assess or inform you of suspected or known anomalies associated with pregnancy.
Previous or Family History of Birth Defect
Through diagnostic tools and analysis, we are able to determine birth defects associated with previous or family history. We can then recommend appropriate care and treatment during your pregnancy.
This procedure is similar to the ultrasound as it allows us to have a better look at the structure and function of your baby’s heart while still in the womb. Similar to the ultrasound, the echocardiography uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart that can be analyzed for anomalies.
Multiple Gestations – Twins, Triplets, Complicated Multiples
3D and 4D ultrasounds are especially important in a multiple pregnancy, as detailed imaging is needed of each baby.
A biophysical test measures the heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and amount of amniotic fluid to determine the health of your baby.
Abnormal Biochemical Screen – “AFP”, “Triple”, “Quad” Screen
This procedure screens for different proteins, or biochemical markers, which have been linked to birth defects and abnormalities. This screening tool helps to identify pregnancies that are at a higher risk.
Doppler Studies – All Types
Doppler ultrasound is used to look at the blood flow of your baby to check on his or her health. Different types of doppler tests are used based on medical indications and status of the pregnancy.
Down Syndrome Screening – 1st Trimester (9-13 weeks)
While this test cannot give a definitive answer, it looks at the likelihood of whether your baby might be born with Down’s Syndrome. If the baby is at a high risk, a diagnostic test can then be performed for further information.
Genetic Sonogram Screening – 2nd Trimester (16-22 weeks)
This examination includes an assessment of your developing baby, the uterus, placenta, cervix, and the regions of the ovaries.
Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies
Valley Perinatal is dedicated to reducing pre-term delivery and creating the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies. Ask your Ob/Gyn if you are a candidate for one our services or contact us with any questions.