At GIAH you will find a team of expert gynaecologist, with a in depth knowledge of high-resolution ultrasound scans.
An obstetric ultrasound is a visualisation of the embryo or foetus inside the uterus. It is an essential method of diagnosis during pregnancy. Given the information it provides, the ultrasound is practiced routinely during all pregnancies.
Throughout a normal pregnancy, it is necessary to have at least two high resolution ultrasounds.
ULTRASOUND IN THE FIRST TRIMESTER (11TH-14TH WEEK).
The main goal is to determine whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy, the vitality of the foetus (heart beat) and the size (flow-through skull length).
During this ultrasound, a number of parameters determine a particular risk of Down´s Syndrome and other chromosomal disorders, such as nuchal translucency, the nasal bone and the foetal blood flow.
MORPHOLOGICAL ULTRASOUND IN THE SECOND TRIMESTER (19TH – 22ND WEEK).
This is a detailed ultrasound, in which the most comprehensive “mapping” of the foetal anatomy is carried out, analyzing anatomical structures with high complexity, such as the foetal brain or heart. Although it has some limitations, many congenital abnormalities or foetal malformations can be identified by this important test.
ULTRASOUNDS IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER.
If the gynaecologist who monitors the pregnancy identifies any variation of normal growth during the third quarter (accelerated or retarded foetal growth with respect to the average) in the basic routine ultrasounds, you can repeat a high resolution control ultrasound in the third trimester to further check the growth of the foetus, as well as the state of the blood circulation through the blood vessels and the placenta (called doppler study).