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Obstetric Ultrasound

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Introducing you to your baby

materimaging is devoted to providing you with a caring and professional obstetric service which includes our dedicated and highly skilled Sonographers, Radiologists and the latest ultrasound technology with 3D/4D capabilities.

Ultrasound has become a routine part of ante-natal care for pregnant women and is a safe way of assessing your baby at different stages of pregnancy.

We offer and a range of obstetric services including: Dating scans, Nuchal Translucency, 18-20 week morphology, Third Trimester Scans and inpatient maternity services if required.

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3D/4D Imaging

As part of materimaging's commitment to delivering a seamless obstetric service, we have invested in the latest 3D/4D ultrasound technology with the GE Logic E9 and Philips iU22. Together with our highly skilled sonographers and Radiologists, we endeavour to provide you and your doctor with the most comprehensive scan possible.

We will also provide you with the best possible first images of your baby. We believe that it is important for us to do a comprehensive assessment of your baby's growth and well being first so following the diagnostic assessment of the scan, our sonographers will then show you your baby in 3D/4D with your baby hopefully being in just the right position for us.

While we usually manage to get beautiful 3D pictures, it can be very dependant on a number of factors. Some baby's are in a great position for us to be able to take their photo, other babies are shy and like to hide behind their hands and feet, the umbilical cord or the placenta which can make it a little difficult to get a clear 3D image. Don't be discouraged if your images are not front on or as clear as you hoped due to the above factors, the most important part of the scan is the assessment of your baby's growth and wellbeing and we will do our best to ensure you still have some images of your baby to go home with to show your family and friends.

All obstetric scans require you to drink 3 glasses of water 1 hour prior to your appointment and hold so that the bladder can be used as a window to visualise the anatomy.

First Trimester

This ultrasound is usually between 6 and 10 weeks and is often used to date the pregnancy, establish the number and location of pregnancies and assess the viability of the foetus. Sometimes an internal ultrasound is necessary for further assessment.

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Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound


This ultrasound is performed between 11 weeks 3 days and 13 weeks 6 days with the optimal time being between 12 and 13 week  s. At the time of booking we will send you a pathology request form so you can have the appropriate blood test prior to your appointment with us. 

During the ultrasound, we will measure your baby and confirm your dates. Unfortunately as your baby is still very small it is not possible at this stage to assess the gender of the baby. The most important part of the examination is to measure the fluid behind the baby's neck. This measurement (the nuchal measurement) together with your age, weight and blood test results will calculate a risk for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome. 

The formal results of the risk assessment will be available within 2 hours (pending the pathology results) and can then be discussed with your obstetrician.

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Second Trimester Morphology Ultrasound

A second trimester morphology ultrasound is performed between 18-20 weeks and is a detailed scan of your developing baby.

During a morphology scan we are able to assess your baby's anatomy and structure including looking at the baby's head and brain, their face, internal organs including heart, kidneys, bladder, stomach. We also look at your baby's spine and limbs including hands and feet.

We will take measurements of certain areas of your baby including the baby's head, abdomen, legs (femur length), arm (humerus length). The measurements of your baby are then combined to give an average gestational age.

We will access the baby's heart rate and rhythm. This will vary between babies with most babies having a heart rate between 120-180 beats per minute. The sonographer will also access the position of the placenta in relation to the cervix, the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby, the length of the cervix and the uterus. It is also possible to assess, pending the baby's position, your baby's gender at this stage.

As the above diagnostic assessment of the your baby is the most important part of the scan, once this has completed, we will then perform a 3D-4D scan of your baby where hopefully we are able to provide you with some first pictures of your baby to take away with you.

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Third Trimester Ultrasound

This ultrasound assesses foetal wellbeing and growth during the third trimester of pregnancy as well as placental localisation and cervix assessment. Following the diagnostic component of the scan a 3D-4D scan of your baby may be performed depending on your baby's position.

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Obstetric Preparation

Please click here to download information on Obstetric Preparations

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