At Women’s Health Only Ultrasound, we are dedicated to providing high quality diagnostic ultrasound scans and personalised service for women in Toowoomba and the surrounding areas.
We utilise state-of-the art imaging techniques and equipment (GEVolusion E10), and this, combined with our highly experienced staff, enables us to provide a comprehensive range of obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound scans and procedures.
We offer a professional and intimate environment, welcoming all patients- those requiring routine pelvic or pregnancy assessment, to those with high risk and complicated or multiple pregnancies.
For all of our obstetric ultrasounds we supply high quality images on a user friendly USB Key, including some 3D/4D images where possible.
We accept all referrals.
Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound
All pregnant women are generally offered an ultrasound scan at 12 weeks to check the development of the pregnancy. At this time we can:
Assess fetal heart activity and confirm due dates
Check for multiple pregnancy
Screen for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities
Detect some major structural problems
Screen for pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure that typically develops later in the pregnancy)
Combined First Trimester Screening
Screening tests aim to identify a small group of pregnancies at higher risk of having Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. The combined first trimester screening test involves an ultrasound scan and a blood test.
Your blood test can be performed any time after 10 weeks, however it must be taken at least 5-7 days prior to your ultrasound appointment to ensure that all results are available to us at the time of your scan.
The ultrasound examines the fluid-filled space at the back of the baby’s neck, called the Nuchal Translucency (NT), and the development of the baby’s nasal bone (NB). The chance of Down syndrome is higher if the NT measurement is larger and/or if the nasal bone is not readily visible.
Your age, the NT and NB measurements and the blood test results are combined to develop a personalized risk that describes how likely it is that the baby is chromosomally normal or has Down syndrome. This is presented in the form of a ratio eg 1 in 2000.
Most pregnancies have a low risk result. It is important to be aware that while a low risk result is reassuring, it does not eliminate the chance of Down syndrome.
If the NT assessment determines your baby is at increased risk of chromosomal abnormality, this does not mean the baby is affected, but may indicate that further investigation would be reasonable should you wish to consider it. Options for further investigation include NIPT, Amniocentesis and CVS. Your doctor will be able to provide advice about further testing if required.