This is a little more information on who we are and what we do here at PERINATAL ASSOCIATES, LLC.
First Trimester Down Syndrome Screening
This is an ultrasound examination performed between 11 and 14 weeks gestation. A measurement of the clear space in the tissue at the back of the baby’s neck is obtained. The presence or absence of the fetal nasal bone is also documented (absent nasal bone may be associated with an increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities). These results are combined with your age and a special blood test to determine if your pregnancy is at increased risk for certain chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome. This ultrasound can also detect some (not all) birth defects such as whether or not your baby is at an increased risk for heart abnormalities.
Second Trimester Scans
Anatomy: This ultrasound is most often performed between 19 and 22 weeks. Your baby’s anatomy is evaluated for possible birth defects. It is important to note that all birth defects cannot be identified while you are pregnant.
This is an ultrasound examination which is most often performed in the first trimester (prior to 14 weeks gestation). It determines if the pregnancy is growing properly within your uterus. It also checks to make sure your ovaries are healthy. A first trimester Viability/Dating ultrasound is the best time to establish your due date.
Cervical Length Studies
Biophysical Profiles (BPP)
This is an ultrasound examination which is most often performed in the second and third trimester. It is used to check on your baby’s well being. During a biophysical profile, your baby’s heart rate, breathing, movement, muscle tone, and amniotic fluid level are evaluated and given a score.
This is a special ultrasound of the baby’s heart. This test may be needed if you have a family history of congenital heart defects or if it is difficult to visualize all of the parts of the heart at the time of routine anatomical screening.
3D Ultrasound may be utilized to better visualize certain anatomical parts of your baby. Likewise, it may be utilized if a birth defect is suspected.
Multiple Gestation Imaging
For the most part, the ultrasound examinations for patients with twins, triplets, and higher-order multiples are the same as for patients who are pregnant with one baby. Nonetheless, patients with multiples often undergo more ultrasounds due to the fact that they may need to be monitored for signs and symptoms of preterm labor and delivery as well as growth discordance among twins.
Doppler studies are a special ultrasound of the maternal, placental, or fetal vessels. They are utilized to determine if your pregnancy is at risk for problems or to determine the health of your baby in utero. These tests are only obtained if you or the baby has a condition necessitating them.
Amniocentesis is a medical procedure, used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections. This procedure may detect genetic abnormalities that cause problems for your growing baby.
Chorionic Villous Sampling
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal test in which a sample of chorionic villi is removed for testing. This test can be used to diagnose certain birth defects and genetic abnormalities in your baby. These genetic changes can cause health problems for your baby.
Passaic Office (NEW)
363 Boulevard Suite 1R
Passaic, N.J. 07055
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