Our ultrasound clinics offer pregnant women state of art imaging services. We are Australia’s largest fertility, gynecological and obstetric ultrasound provider.
We offer women’s health ultrasound scanning across 17 clinics:
Gold Coast (http://swellultrasound.com.au/)
We are experts in the ultrasound field, with all sonologists highly trained in obstetrics, gynaecology and diagnostic imaging who offer patient centered care. Staff understand that patients desire both caring service and information about their scans, tests and results.
Patients have unique needs and at MUFW, all services are tailored to the needs of each individual. There are a range of services provided by an expert team of sonologists, sonographers and genetic counsellors who use state of the art ultrasound technology, which includes:
- Pre-pregnancy scanning
- Transvaginal Ultrasound
A pelvic ultrasound assesses the female reproductive system, including the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and other pelvic structures. It can provide helpful information for those experiencing –
- Heavy, irregular or infrequent periods in premenopausal women
- Pelvic pain
- Post menopausal bleeding
- Follicle Tracking
Follicle tracking involves tracking the development of follicles that contain eggs within the ovary monitored with transvaginal ultrasound in combination with blood levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Tracking for timed intercourse
Follicles may be tracked in a natural cycle. When a leading follicle is seen, then intercourse may be appropriately timed. Alternatively, drugs which promote release of the mature egg may be administered.
Tracking for IVF
For most IVF treatments, the ovaries are artificially stimulated with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which produces multiple mature follicles which are then collected following administration of luteinising hormone (LH). In this setting, the follicular development is followed more closely with 2 to 4 ultrasound scans, and regular blood tests track hormone levels. The timing of an egg collection is based on the ultrasound and blood results. This information is relayed to patients by their IVF nurse or fertility specialist.
The 7 week ultrasound
An ultrasound is performed at this stage of pregnancy to confirm due date, the number of embryos and to visualise the embryo’s heart beating. Prior to 7 weeks it may be too early to acquire this information.
The first trimester ultrasound
The 11-14 week scan provides important information about a pregnancy.
Combined screening test for Down Syndrome
Different types of tests are available during your pregnancy. A screening test shows if a pregnancy is at an increased risk for Down syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities. Unfortunately, the screening tests do not give a definite answer, but they can tell us which babies have an increased risk of having Down syndrome. The results may then help you in your decision about further diagnostic testing during pregnancy. Screening tests are simple and non invasive but do have out-of-pocket expenses attached for the ultrasound and blood test.
The mid trimester ultrasound
A 20 week scan provides important information about fetal anatomy, position of the placenta, amniotic fluid volume, pelvic anatomy and cervix health.
Third trimester ultrasound
Some patients may require a third trimester ultrasound to check fetal growth, assess placental position and review findings from prior ultrasounds.
Chorionic Villous Sampling
Chorionic Villous Sampling is a procedure that collects a small sample of placental tissue. As the cells of the placenta have the same genetic material as the fetus, it can therefore be tested for genetic abnormalities such as Down Syndrome.
Amniocentesis is a procedure in which a fine needle is passed through the maternal abdomen and uterine wall into the amniotic fluid around the fetus in order to obtain a sample of the amniotic fluid. Because cells within the amniotic fluid have the same genetic material as the fetus, they can be tested for genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.