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What stage of pregnancy are you?
Medical Card: €95
Early Pregnancy Scan (6-17 weeks) €95
6-11 Weeks: This scan is performed to establish the presence of a single or multiple intrauterine pregnancy. We look at the heartbeat and measure the embryo to determine the age. This early measurement is very accurate for dating. Anatomical details are limited at this stage.
12-17 Weeks: This scan is performed to estimate the age of the pregnancy and assess the health of your baby. We look for the presence or absence of any physical abnormalities, measure the age of the gestation and determine whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy. Depending on how far along the pregnancy has progressed dictates how much of the anatomy can be assessed and what measurements are taken.
Optional: The Nuchal Translucency can also be measured between 11.2 – 13.6 weeks at your request.
We use the first day of your last menstrual period to determine the gestational age. We compare that with specific measurements of the foetus by measuring the distance from the top of the head (crown) to the bottom of the body (rump). We also include measurements of the gestational sac and of the heartbeat. These measurements are very accurate and can determine the expected age even if you are unsure of your last menstrual period.
Procedure Includes: • Ultrasound exam • Nuchal translucency measurement (optional) • Medical obstetric ultrasound report • Glossy picture print
Ultrasound Dimensions inception in 2007 was in response to a need for a medical ultrasound centre of excellence. Our highly trained sonographers have maintained strict comprehensive protocols and procedures with state of the art equipment and ongoing education. Since the beginning, this has been our promise to you our valued patient.
Medical Card: €130
Detailed Anatomy Scan (18-28 weeks) €160
The anomaly scan or mid pregnancy scan as it is sometimes called is ideal for those parents looking for reassurance or as a secondary option when an earlier screening test has not been performed. Furthermore, it provides an added opportunity to assess the baby’s well being.
Your baby’s internal organs are examined in cross section which may be difficult for you to make out. Bones appear white, fluid is black and soft tissues may seem to be varying degrees of grey.
At this time we will check for soft markers which are changes in the normal anatomy and may indicate an abnormality. The four most common markers are choroid plexus cysts, renal pelvic dilatation, echogenic bowel and an echogenic foci attached to the muscle of the heart. It is important to understand that although these can be seen in affected pregnancies they can also be seen in normal healthy babies. If you had screening earlier in your pregnancy e.g. NT then the presence of any soft markers later in pregnancy are even less likely to be of any significance.
The baby’s head is examined for shape and size. Internal structures such as the ventricles of the brain and cerebellum are examined. The sonogrpaher will do standard measurements and look at the baby’s lips and nose for any obvious defects.
The spine is assessed in both long and short axis views to make sure that all of the vertebrae are in alignment and that the skin is closed. The baby’s abdominal wall is checked at this time too to make sure that all of abdominal organs are in their correct position. 90% of all abdominal wall and spine defects can be picked up by ultrasound.
The chest is assessed to view the lungs and the position of the heart. At Ultrasound Dimensions we are concerned with raising the standard of detecting a baby with a possible heart defect. The first step in improving care of “heart babies” is improving the detection of heart disease before birth. The “5 Transverse Views” is a practical and proven way to screen for heart disease at the routine “20 week” scan set up by the Tiny Ticker organization a national charity in the UK.
The stomach and bladder are also imaged. The baby swallows some of the amniotic fluid that it lies in and so some of that fluid will be seen as a black bubble in the stomach and the urinary bladder as well. Yes, the baby has a wee inside about every half hour so the urinary bladder fills and empties during the scan.
Baby’s legs, arms, hands and feet are examined. The umbilical cord is assessed to make sure there are three vessels.
The placenta will be documented to lie anteriorly or posteriorly and to ensure that the placenta does not cover that cervix.
There should be enough amniotic fluid at this stage to allow baby to move around freely.
Procedure Includes: • Ultrasound exam • Medical obstetric ultrasound report • Glossy picture print • CD with pictures. • Video clips on a CD will also be included if possible
Medical Card: €95
Gender Assessment Scan (18-40 weeks) €95
This scan is performed to determine the gender, position and growth of the fetus. From 18 weeks on we can determine the gender of your baby with an accuracy of 95%. We check the heart rate, baby’s position, placental position and give you a report with baby’s measurements.
Procedure Includes: • Ultrasound exam • Glossy picture print