We offer a broad range of 3D and 4D ultrasound scans performed on VOLUSON 730 EXPERT and VOLUSON E8
- Genetic ultrasound of the fetus, 1st trimester of pregnancy (11th 14th week)
- Genetic ultrasound of the fetus, 2nd trimester of pregnancy (18th 22nd week)
- Genetic ultrasound of the fetus, 3rd trimester of pregnancy (28th 32nd week)
Apart from prenatal genetic ultrasound scans, routine pregnancy ultrasound screenings around 6th, 25 th, 35 th and 38 th weeks of pregnanc y are performed by other gynaecologists obstetricians in our team
Genetic ultrasound of the fetus in the 1st trimester of pregnancy should take place between the 11th and 13th (+6 days) week of pregnancy. We recommend that the scan takes place in the 12th (+0 days) week of pregnancy. Your lead obstetrician will help you to establish the best date for the scan of your baby during the first medical appointments (around 6th-8th week of pregnancy).
The baby needs to be 45 to 84 mm long, otherwise the risk of genetic diseases can not be estimated.
The first trimester test assesses nuchal translucency (NT), presence of the nasal bone and blood flow through right atrioventricular valve in the heart and ductus venosus. The baby’s early anatomy – the outline of the head, chest and stomach and its limbs are also assesed.
Next, with the use of a computer programme, the risk of genetic diseases is calculated. If necessary, additional tests are recommended. If the calculated risk is low, the baby is, in all probability, healthy and the test is followed by a similar one in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.
The first prenatal genetic scan is usually done with a transvaginal transducer (TV) – 2D and/or transabdominal transducer working in a 3D/4D system.
Genetic ultrasound of the fetus in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy (18th – 22nd week) is the second ultrasound, in which the baby’s anatomy is carefully assessed.
The nasal bones and nuchal translucency are measured.
The development of the baby’s brain, skull bones and face are observed; its heartbeat and heart structure are analysed in detail and its stomach, kidneys, spine, arms and legs are assessed. The structure of the umbilical cord, placenta and the amount of amniotic fluid are checked. The weight of the baby is assessed.
If the baby is willing to cooperate (i.e. doesn’t turn its back on us) it is possible to have a peek at it and watch its face and how it behaves using the 4D technology. Then we can take charming photographs of your baby with 3D technology.
Sections of the ultrasound procedure in 4D technology are recorded onto a DVD disc. Each ultrasound scan is accompanied by a full paper copy of the test results.
Genetic ultrasound of the fetus in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy (28th – 32nd week) is the last ultrasound of the pregnancy. This time we focus on the well-being of the baby in the womb. The blood flow in the umbilical artery, the middle cerebral artery and the heart are assessed. The amount of amniotic fluid and the level of placental maturity are estimated. The baby’s internal organs are checked again. Measurements to estimate the baby’s weight are made. And we try to have a peek at it again in 4D, provided the baby lets us!
The following ultrasounds in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy until delivery will be routine ultrasound screenings assessing the baby’s well-being, its growth, the amount of amniotic fluid, the placental structure and location.
Your lead gynaecologist will inform you about the dates of those scans.