What do computers and ultrasounds have in common? They were created in the same decade. When people think of impressive technological advancements, they often think of flashy gadgets or powerful devices. But technology has immensely impacted the medical industry in many ways as well. In obstetrics and gynecology, obstetric ultrasounds have revolutionized the way we monitor a baby’s health and growth.
We now can see a baby before he or she is born. We take measurements, monitor activity and predict birth weight. Prenatal ultrasounds enable doctors to determine the due date, see the placenta location and check amniotic fluid levels around the baby to better monitor complete prenatal health. On the less-technical side of things, ultrasounds give expectant parents a priceless glimpse of their growing baby – and the opportunity to debate who he or she looks like before the baby is even born.
Any way you look at it, obstetric ultrasounds are amazing technological advancements. Valley Perinatal Services is proud to offer 3D/4D obstetric ultrasounds to provide insight into your baby’s health and growth. In addition, as of August 2017, Valley Perinatal is accredited by the American Institute for Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM).
Dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasounds in medicine, the AIUM is comprised of more than 9,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students and other health-care providers. The AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process. It means Valley Perinatal Services meets or exceeds all “nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations.” The elements examined during the review include:
• Employee education, experience and training
• Document storage, record-keeping and instrumentation
• Policies and procedures safeguarding patients, ultrasound personnel and equipment
• Quality assurance and case studies
Valley Perinatal’s AIUM accreditation demonstrates our commitment to clinical excellence and the highest-quality perinatal services. It also ensures we meet the quality requirements from insurance companies. Plus, the AIUM accreditation reinforces the credibility of Valley Perinatal for both our patients and peers.
Roughly 20 percent of pregnancies are considered high-risk because of a variety of factors, from age to preexisting health conditions. Pregnancy can be nerve-racking even when it’s free of additional complications, so the Valley Perinatal team aims to ease anxiety with 3D/4D obstetric ultrasounds that check in on your baby’s health.
As an AIUM-accredited practice, we ensure the highest ultrasound quality, along with state-of-the-art imaging technology and diagnostic capabilities. We strive to help mothers with high-risk pregnancies achieve the best possible outcomes – and that means fast ultrasound results and the best care. Learn more about our specific obstetric ultrasound options here.
Talk with your OB/GYN about co-managing your pregnancy with Valley Perinatal Services today. Contact us online or via phone at (480) 756-6000.