What is it?
Obstetric ultrasounds are used during pregnancy to image the growing foetus. Generally during pregnancy you will have a dating scan, to determine the age and viability of the foetus; a Nuchal Translucency Scan to test the foetus for Down Syndrome (between 11-13 weeks); and a Morphology Scan, usually performed between 18-21 weeks to assess and evaluate the foetal anatomy of the baby.
What to tell us?
- If you are pregnant with multiple babies (twins, triplets etc.)
- If you have had any recent bleeding or cramping.
- If you have had any previous scans for this current pregnancy.
How to prepare?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows time for the completion of paperwork.
At time of booking, you will be given specific instructions for preparation, depending on the procedure you are having. Please follow any instructions given to you at time of booking.
Please wear comfortable clothing. You may be required to change into a gown.
Please bring any previous relevant imaging with you, as our Radiologist may require previous imaging for comparison.
How long does it take?
An obstetric scan takes between 30 – 60 minutes. The scan will take longer if there is more than one foetus.
We bulk bill all obstetric scans, provided you hold a current Medicare card and meet the Medicare criteria for the particular scan you are having. If you do not meet Medicare criteria, then you may be charged an out-of-pocket fee.
We will forward the result of your procedure electronically to your doctor. The results will be available after 24 hours. Urgent reports are available after 4 hours.