DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND SERVICES
Diagnostic Services must be ordered by your healthcare provider and are covered by most insurances. The clinical indications required during the exam will be interpreted by our radiologist, and the final report will be sent to your provider that same day. Please bring your doctor’s order with you to your appointment.
FIRST TRIMESTER ULTRASOUND:
Confirms viability, heartbeat and dating of the pregnancy. Evaluates maternal structures such as the cervix and ovaries.
NUCHAL TRANSLUCENCY ULTRASOUND:
Performed between 11-14 weeks of pregnancy to measure the translucent area of the skin on the back of your baby’s neck, known as the nuchal fold. This is a screening exam used to help identify higher chances for chromosomal abnormalities including Down’s Syndrome in a fetus, particularly for older women who have higher risks of such pregnancies.
FETAL ANATOMY EVALUATION:
Performed between 18-22 weeks of pregnancy, confirms pregnancy dates, heart rate, location of the placenta, amniotic fluid volume, length of the cervix and screening for fetal abnormalities. You will receive free 3D pictures when you schedule your anatomy ultrasound with us.
2ND/3RD TRIMESTER ULTRASOUND:
Determines baby’s position, heart rate, amniotic fluid volume, estimate the weight of the fetus, placental characteristics and monitors any fetal abnormality that may have been previously identified.
FETAL BIOPHYSICAL PROFILE:
This ultrasound is a fetal well-being assessment. It is a test that measures the health of your baby during pregnancy. A BPP is commonly done during the last trimester of pregnancy. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor may order a BPP weekly or bi-weekly starting 32 weeks.
CERVICAL LENGTH EVALUATION:
If you had a history of late miscarriages (in the 2nd trimester) or premature delivery, you may be advised to have transvaginal scans to measure the length of your cervix in future pregnancies. This is to look for early signs of the cervix opening before the baby is due. Cervical length scans may also be recommended if you are expecting twins or have had surgery to your cervix.
PELVIC AND TRANSVAGINAL GYN ULTRASOUND:
A pelvic ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic exam that accesses organs and structures within the female pelvis including the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes and ovaries. A TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND is a more invasive diagnostic exam used to evaluate the same structures within the female pelvis. This method will provide more focused detailed images. Transvaginal means across or through the vagina. The ultrasound probe will be placed inside the vagina.
Is one exam more preferable to the other? Pelvic vs. transvaginal? Each has its advantages. The abdominal approach offers a panoramic view of the pelvis. This shows where one internal structure is in relation to another. Improved visualization of some structures can be achieved using the transvaginal approach because the transducer is brought closer to the area being imaged. Thus, this approach can be very helpful in seeing the fetus heartbeat in early pregnancy, evaluating the internal lining of the uterus or a cyst in an ovary. The sonographer performing your ultrasound will determine whether one approach or a combination of both is best for your particular case.
We accept the following insurance:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan
- US Family
- Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
- United Healthcare