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 health.gov.au) 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
VIC AU
Tel 03 9457 1466
Fax 03 9457 1400

Obstetrical Ultrasound

Early Pregnancy Scans (6 to 10 weeks)

Also called the Dating Ultrasound Scan, the purpose of this scan is basically to determine the pregnancy life (confirmation of the baby's heartbeat), number and dating of the pregnancy. At this early stage which is the embryonic phase mainly only very primitive anatomy is appreciated and a transvaginal scan approach is usually necessary. This scan reassures couples that are concerned about miscarriage risk that the pregnancy is alive and the gestational age can be verified.

First Trimester Scans - For combined screen (11 to 14 weeks)

This scan is done via the transabdominal approach however a transvaginal scan is often necessary to obtain more detail of the early fetal anatomy. Pregnancy dating and the number of babies are also identified at this time.

The main purpose of this scan is to obtain ultrasound data for the first trimester combined screen which includes the fetal body length, nasal bone appearance and the neck skin thickness (nuchal translucency). The combined screen uses this ultrasound data as well as maternal age and blood levels of specific hormones to assess the individual risk of chromosomal abnormality. The risks are assessed as either low or high. This is a screening test only and as such will detect about 80% of Down sydrome pregnancies.

The highly specialised sonologists and sonographers here at Northern Ultrasound for Women are able to further screen for many major defects in the early developing fetal anatomy. A full anatomical survey is however still recommended for 19 - 22 weeks when the baby has grown and developed adequately for optimal anatomical imaging.

First Trimester Scans - NIPTS Only (13 to 14 weeks)

This scan is done via the transabdominal approach however a transvaginal scan is often necessary to obtain more detail of the early fetal anatomy. Pregnancy dating and the number of babies are also identified at this time.

The purpose of this scan is to similar to the first trimester combined screen as above however the ultrasound data is not required for risk calculation if NIPT (e.g. Percept, Harmony, Generation) has been chosen as the chromosomal screening option.

Having an NIPT such as Percept is far superior to the combined screen for Down syndrome screening (99+% vs. 80%) and a low risk result would be further reassuring against other chromosomal abnormalities. The main emphasis of this scan therefore is to survey the early fetal anatomy.

The highly specialised sonologists and sonographers here at Northern Ultrasound for Women are able to screen for many major defects in the early developing fetal anatomy. A full anatomical survey is however still recommended for 19 - 22 weeks when the baby has grown and developed adequately for optimal anatomical imaging.

Mid Trimester Scans (19 to 22 weeks)

This is referred to as the routine anomaly scan because a screen of the fetal anatomy is performed. This scan is the most time consuming of routine pregnancy scans and is performed via the transabdominal approach with recourse to transvaginal scanning if necessary. The fetal measurements are performed and early growth can be assessed. At this stage there is the opportunity for the parents to appreciate some features such as the facial profile, fingers and toes.

Third Trimester Scans (24 weeks onwards)

These scans are performed as directed by the obstetrician in cases where fetal growth, a specific anatomical region or the placental site needs review. The fetal weight is estimated from standard fetal measurements. Assessment includes liquor volume and the parameters of wellbeing such as the cord blood flow pattern.