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Fetal Imaging

Ultrasound (2D & 3D/4D US)

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Ultrasounds might be most known for its use pregnancy, where the movement of the embryo or fetus and the heartbeat can be seen as an ongoing ultrasound movie. LHA offers ultrasounds in 2D, 3D and 4D US and is performed to establish the presence of a living embryo or fetus, estimate the age of the pregnancy, diagnose congenital abnormalities and evaluate the position of the baby. Fetal ultrasounds also evaluate the position of the placenta, determine if there are multiple pregnancies and the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby and also check for opening or shortening of the cervix or mouth of the womb.
Preparation
You should wear a loose-fitting, two-piece outfit for the examination. Only the lower abdominal area needs to be exposed during this procedure.The radiologist may elect to examine an early pregnancy by means of transvaginal ultrasound in order to see the pregnancy more closely.

Procedure

For most ultrasound exams, the patient is positioned lying face-up on an examination table that can be tilted or moved.

A clear water-based gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body. The radiologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin in various locations, sweeping over the area of interest or angling the sound beam from a farther location to see an area of concern better. Doppler sonography is performed using the same transducer.

When the examination is complete, you may be asked to dress and wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed.

This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20 minutes.