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Obstetric and Pregnancy Scans

Pregnancy Ultrasounds (or Obstetric Ultrasounds) are the standard, most common, imaging used to identify a pregnancy and follow the growth of the baby throughout the gestation. This scan uses sound waves to visualise the baby at all stages from first trimester to third trimester.

Pregnancy ultrasounds and obstetric services

Obstetric and pregnancy scans must be done within certain weeks of your pregnancy, these scans cannot be completed outside of these specific windows.

All scans require preparation and must be booked by our reception team. Online booking is unavailable for pregnancy or obstetric scanning.

The dating and location scan is the first Ultrasound in any pregnancy to determine the estimate due date and viability of the pregnancy. This scan must be completed between 8-12 weeks, however, if recommended by your doctor we are able to perform this scan earlier. If this scan is completed earlier than 8 weeks you may need to return at 8 weeks to complete the scan.

This scan usually requires an internal scan (transvaginal), where a probe is inserted into the vaginal cavity, this technique ensures the highest resolution of the structural features. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact our friendly reception team.

Preparation

For all dating, location and viability scans you will need to empty your bladder 1.5hrs prior to the scan, immediately finish 1 litre of water and hold it in for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.

Billing

All dating, location and viability scans are bulk-billed at all Harbour Radiology practices.

Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scans are an Ultrasound to visualise the early structural features of the embryo and a risk assessment (blood test) to calculate the genetic risk of conditions such as Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.

This scan requires a blood test to be done within 3 days of the scan. Please consult with your doctor to receive a referral for this blood test, or let our reception team know and we can arrange one for you to pick up.

If you do not do the blood test this scan cannot be completed. If the blood test is completed outside of the 3 day window, it can reduce the accuracy of results and we may not be able to complete the risk assessment.

This scan is ideally completed between 12 weeks and 3 days to 13 weeks and 6 days. This scan cannot be completed outside of 12 to 14 weeks.

This scan usually requires an internal scan (transvaginal), where a probe is inserted into the vaginal cavity, this technique ensures the highest resolution of the structural features. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact our friendly reception team.

Preparation

For Nuchal Translucency scans you will need to empty your bladder 1.5hrs prior to the scan, immediately finish 1 litre of water and hold it in for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.

Billing

This scan may come with an out of pocket expense (gap) of $90. Please ask our friendly reception team when booking.

An Early Morphology scan or first trimester scan is an Ultrasound scan used to identify structural abnormalities and the anatomy of the baby. It is also used to check your ovaries, placenta and cord.

This scan usually requires an internal scan (transvaginal), where a probe is inserted into the vaginal cavity, this technique ensures the highest resolution of the structural features. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact our friendly reception team.

Preparation

For an Early Morphology scan you will need to empty your bladder 1.5hrs prior to the scan, immediately finish 1 litre of water and hold it in for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.

Billing

This scan may come with an out of pocket expense (gap) of $90. Please ask our friendly reception team when booking.


The Morphology Scan / Foetal Anomaly scan or mid trimester scan is an Ultrasound scan used to detect major foetal abnormalities. This scan includes the anatomy of the baby including the brain, face, spine, heart, abdomen, renal tract, arms, legs, hands, feet and gender. Please note that not all abnormalities can be detected. If you do have any clinical concerns please consult with your referring doctor.

    This scan usually requires an internal scan (transvaginal), where a probe is inserted into the vaginal cavity, this technique ensures the highest resolution of the structural features. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact our friendly reception team.

    Preparation

    For an Early Morphology scan you will need to empty your bladder 1.5hrs prior to the scan, immediately finish 1 litre of water and hold it in for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.

    Billing

    This scan may come with an out of pocket expense (gap) of $90. Please ask our friendly reception team when booking.


    The wellbeing/growth scan can check the baby's growth, placental position and assess cervical length. They are also used to monitor and assess clinically significant risks such as Pre-eclampsia, multiple baby pregnancies, gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.

    This scan may require an internal scan (transvaginal), where a probe is inserted into the vaginal cavity, this technique ensures the highest resolution of the structural features. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact our friendly reception team.

    Preparation

    For the wellbing/growth scan you will need to empty your bladder 1.5hrs prior to the scan, immediately finish 1 litre of water and hold it in for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.

    Billing

    This scan may come with an out of pocket expense (gap) of $90. Please ask our friendly reception team when booking.


    We are able to scan most twin and multiple embryo pregnancies at specific locations. However, specialist clinics or hospitals may be more prepared for your specific pregnancy.

    We recommend you consult with your doctor on the best facility to undertake your twin or multiple baby scans.

    If you would like to do them with Harbour Radiology you must contact our reception team via email, phone or message. Pricing and location may vary.

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