Northern Ultrasound for Women

COVID-19 Ultrasound Protocol

We are operating as normal but are taking all appropriate precautions and complying with Government COVIDSafe regulations to ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff.

We are screening every patient prior to attending their appointment. Our rooms are sanitised daily with extra cleaning of high touch-point areas. Hand sanitizer and sanitized pens are provided for each patient.

Air purification systems with internal UV-C have been installed in the waiting and ultrasound rooms.

Social distancing is in effect, temperatures are checked on arrival and the wearing of face masks is mandatory by patients and accompanying person while in the waiting room and during appointment.

We have implemented the following protocols:

    • Requesting patients with pre-booked appointments to call ahead of the appointment if experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms - fever (+ 37.5 deg. C), cough or shortness of breath, sore throat, aches and pains, loss of taste or smell (see or have been in contact with another person with known or suspected of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Requesting patients to attend the appointment alone or strictly one support person (adult) to attend and for the support person to be free of all COVID-19 symptoms and comply with all screening criteria.
    • Strictly no children under age 16 to attend the appointment.
    • Requesting patients and any support person to wear a face mask, disposable masks will be provided if necessary but it is advised to bring your own face mask.
    • Ensure you have responded to your SMS appointment confirmation as evidence of your appointment, if asked to show evidence by authorities.
    • Support person will be required to provide contact details using our QR Code, to comply with DHHS regulations for the purpose of contact tracing
    • On the day of your appointment, you may be asked to wait outside the waiting room for a short period to comply with social distancing rules.

Our reception staff will be asking screening questions ahead of appointments. We’re confident that patients will understand why they are asked to wear a mask or asked to defer appointments if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Our Doctors and Sonographers will be wearing P2/N95 masks as protective equipment.

Northern Ultrasound for Women is not equipped to cater for infection isolation, therefore if you are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should contact your GP, referring doctor or the emergency department immediately.

Our priority is keeping our patients and staff members safe whilst maintaining the highest standards of ultrasound imaging and service. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our helpful staff on 9457-1466.

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Northern Ultrasound for Women, Suite 8 Level 2, 8 Martin St,
Heidelberg 3084
Tel 03 9457 1466
Fax 03 9457 1400

Chromosomes and Pregnancy Ultrasound Women melbourne

Each cell in our body contains chromosomes. Chromosomes contain DNA which determines our genetic makeup. Each cell contains 46 chromosomes, made up of 23 individual pairs – one pair comes from the mother and one pair comes from the father.

Most babies will have normal chromosomes, but we know that sometimes chromosome problems can occur. This is called “aneuploidy”. Changes in the number, structure and arrangement of chromosomes is determined at conception and cannot be altered. There may be fewer chromosomes than normal or more chromosomes than normal. There can be parts of chromosomes missing (called “deletions”) or rearranged (called “translocations”). Changes in the chromosomes are usually significant and can cause miscarriage or birth defects.

First trimester screening assesses the risk for your baby having the following chromosome abnormalities:

  • Trisomy 21 (also known as Down syndrome)

These babies have an extra chromosome 21 in each cell of the body. Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosome abnormalities, affecting 1 in 600 live births. It is associated with intellectual delay and physical problems such as heart and intestinal defects.

  • Trisomy 18 (also known as Edward syndrome)

These babies have an extra chromosome 18 in each cell of the body. Trisomy 18 is associated with multiple and severe birth defects. Babies with this condition usually die during the pregnancy or shortly after birth.

  • Trisomy 13 (also known as Patau syndrome)

These babies have an extra chromosome 13 in each cell of the body. Trisomy 13 is associated with multiple and severe birth defects. Babies with this condition usually die during the pregnancy or shortly after birth.