Obstetrical ultrasound provides images early in the pregnancy for a thorough evaluation of the fetus. It’s used to check for growth problems, malformations and multiple pregnancies.
Fetal well-being tests include non-stress tests (NST) to observe the changing patterns of the fetal heart rate, which indicates the placenta is functioning appropriately.
Doppler flow tests provide a blood flow evaluation of different fetal-placental and uterine blood vessels to detect a malfunctioning placenta or abnormal flow in fetal or maternal vessels.
Fetal echocardiograms provide a specialized ultrasound examination of the fetal heart to diagnose problems with structure and/or functioning. For some conditions, such as arrhythmia, corrective procedures may be done in utero or immediately after birth.
Intrauterine procedures include the latest advances in detection and treatment of certain fetal conditions through amniocentesis and peri-umbilical blood sampling. These diagnostic procedures allow our doctors to assess fetal genetic material through examination of amniotic fluid, the placenta or even fetal blood. It’s even possible to administer medication directly to the fetus.
Preconceptional assessment and genetic evaluation services offer couples assessment of structural and/or functional anomalies that might be transmitted to their babies. We also provide information for couples with a family history of genetic disease or recurrent pregnancy loss, as well as patients who have been exposed to drugs or environmental substances.
The cytogenetics laboratory performs maternal blood screenings for chromosomal abnormalities and neural tube defects, as well as karyotype studies on material from spontaneous abortions or samples from the fetus.
The anatomical pathological laboratory studies complement the cytogenetics laboratory by evaluating placentas, embryos, fetuses and newborns to determine the cause of an abnormal evolution of a pregnancy.
The specialized clinical laboratory at Sacred Heart provides a variety of obstetrical analysis, including fetal lung maturity tests, thrombophilia and infectious disease testing.