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Ultrasound Care Procedures

A list of all the procedures offered by Ultrasound Care for handy reference.

Pre-Natal Testing

Understanding your baby’s diagnosis is important when deciding what is best for you and your baby. Our team is highly experienced and specifically trained to diagnose abnormalities that can be uncommon. We offer high level early fetal structural assessments, including early fetal heart scans, which can help diagnose heart abnormalities as early as 12 weeks gestation.

Sometimes, testing may need to go beyond a basic amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling. In special circumstances after consultation with your Doctor, we offer fetal bladder drainage, fetal cyst drainage and selective procedures in twins and triplets.

In some cases, testing needs to go beyond the standard karyotype or microarray. We offer targeted tests and more complex testing such as tri-exome analysis. These tests are complex and may give information that is unexpected. It is important that you have a good understanding about what the test is for and the complexities in the results. Our Doctors and Genetic Counsellors are here to guide you through each step.

Available Procedures: Pre-Natal Testing at Ultrasound Care

Gynaecology Services

Ultrasound can be used to assist your Doctor in theatre. Uterine perforation is a known
complication of a dilatation and curettage. It occurs when an instrument unintentionally
penetrates into the muscle of the uterus. Intraoperative ultrasound guidance may help
reduce this risk and can help your Doctor get access to the cavity of the uterus more easily. Ultrasound guidance may also reduce the risk of trauma to the cervix or creating a false path into the uterine muscle. It can also help in ensuring that the intended surgical procedure was successful. Our Sonographers and Doctors are skilled in ultrasound guidance. This service is provided in consultation with your Doctor. Indications for ultrasound guidance in theatre include the following:
  • Assisting your Doctor to reach the area of concern
  • Removal of retained products of conception
  • Other retained material within the endometrial cavity
  • Evaluation of findings in the endometrial cavity
  • Evaluation and removal of fluid from within the endometrial cavity (haematometra, pyometra)
  • Relieving cervical stenosis
  • When the cervical opening is difficult for your Doctor is see
  • Management of cervical or Caesarean section ectopic pregnancies
An endometrial biopsy involves removing a small piece of tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The tissue sample is then analysed by a pathologist who can determine if there are any changes to the cells of the endometrium. This can help you Doctor diagnose certain conditions and change treatment plans. An endometrial biopsy is collected at the request of your Doctor. On the day, we will perform a pelvic ultrasound to assess the uterus and ovaries. A speculum is inserted into the vagina. An ultrasound probe is placed on the lower abdomen to guide a biopsy tool into the uterine cavity and collect the sample. By using ultrasound to guide the biopsy tool into the uterus we rarely need to put clamps on the cervix. Once the biopsy tool has been guided through the cervix into the uterus, it is moved back and forth over the lining or area of interest to help get a good sample of the cells. The tissue is then put into fluid and sent to the laboratory for analysis. An anaesthetic is not required, and the sample takes 1-2 minutes to collect. Some women experience crampy period like pain as the sample is collected which can continue for several minutes after the test. For this reason, unless you are allergic, we recommend you take 2 Naprogesic tablets 30 minutes before the test. Some bleeding after the test is expected. Heavy bleeding, fevers, temperature and severe pain is not. Contact us or your Doctor is you have concerns. Common reasons you doctor may request an endometrial biopsy are:
  • To find the cause of unusual bleeding
  • Screening for endometrial cancer
  • Evaluating the endometrial lining for causes of infertility
  • Testing your response to hormone treatments
  • Testing for infection (endometritis)
Available Procedures Gynaecology Services at Ultrasound Care