The Valley Ultrasound approach is based on a philosophy that the delivery of medical services should be personalised,compassionate and patient focused.
The most modern ultrasound technology is now available at Valley Ultrasound. 4D ultrasound provides expectant parents with amazing life-like images of their baby.
What is 4D ultrasound?
4D scans show moving 3D images of your baby, with time being the fourth dimension. It can give amazing lifelike pictures to expectant parents. With 4D scans, you see your baby’s face and other structures. You may see the shape of your baby’s mouth and nose or be able to spot the baby yawning or sticking the tongue out.
Do we always get a good image of baby’s face?
It’s natural that you’d like to see your baby’s face on the scan. But sometimes it’s not possible, depending on how the baby is lying, but we will try our very best to get good images for you.
If you decide to have one, the best time to have a 4D scan is when you’re between 26 weeks and 30 weeks pregnant. You must have had a full anatomy scan at 20 weeks. A referral is not necessary but bookings are essential. The cost is $150.00 for a 30-minute appointment and you will receive 3D pictures and 4D movie clips included in the cost of the scan.
Nuchal Translucency scan ( First Trimester Combined Screening)
We like to perform this scan at 13-14 weeks gestation. During the scan the soft tissue thickness of the skin at the nape of the babys neck (nuchal translucency) will be measured and documented. The risk assessment is made by combining the nuchal translucency measurement with your age, and other factors like the blood test. The nuchal translucency (NT) screening test won’t give you a definite diagnosis, but it will show whether your baby is at risk for a chromosomal abnormality.
Is performed at 19-20 weeks, and is performed to assess the growth of the baby and the development of the face, brain, spine, heart, limbs and internal organs. This is the time we will be able to tell whether your baby will be a Boy or Girl.
To check that your baby is growing appropriately, to see how much fluid there is around the baby, and to assess the health of the placenta.
An abdominal ultrasound assesses the liver, aorta, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen and kidneys. It is often the first examination performed when someone is having abdominal problems.
A renal ultrasound assesses your bladder and kidneys. We need you to have a full bladder so we can see the bladder wall, and how well your bladder empties.
The pelvic ultrasound assesses the uterus and ovaries. Unless clinically inappropriate an internal (transvaginal scan) is routinely performed as part of the pelvic assessment.
The fine detail of muscles and tendons and ligaments can be assessed with ultrasound.
When assessing blood flow in the arteries and veins, a special kind of ultrasound called doppler is used. This can be performed in the abdomen, arms and legs and neck.
Ultrasound is very good at assessing the soft tissues of the breast, glands and testes.
Dr Jaco Van der Walt who will perform these examinations at Valley Ultrasound will use ultrasound guidance to identify the exact spot for steroid injection into your joint or tendon. It has been recognised that performing these injections under ultrasound guidance is more effective than performing these “blind”.
Cortisone, or steroids are often injected directly into joints to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or other inflammatory diseases. Cortisone injections can offer fast-acting relief of inflamed muscles, tendons and bursa.