The impact of obstetrical ultrasounds
Modern technology has transformed the pregnancy journey and turned into a much safer experience
For most women today, particularly in our developed part of the world, it’s hard to imagine going through a pregnancy without having an ultrasound. But these classic black and white images of a developing baby have only been around since the mid-1950s.
History of obstetrical ultrasounds
Today, nearly sixty years after sonography was introduced into obstetrics and gynaecology, it is impossible to think of practising obstetrics without one of the many forms of ultrasound available today.
When ultrasounds started to make their way into mainstream healthcare, it didn’t matter that the early ultrasound machines only could produce very unclear images or that they only proved helpful in a small proportion of pregnancies; to the 1960s public, the technology looked positively futuristic. Even though the high-resolution machines capable of identifying foetal sex and other finer characteristics were still years away, the possibility that images of babies in the womb might help us understand and control the mystical pregnancy journey became highly anticipated.
Significant impacts from the birth of obstetrical ultrasounds
Technological developments to the ultrasound equipment have enhanced the assessment and management of patients. In obstetrics, ultrasound imaging is used to evaluate foetal growth and wellbeing, screen for anomalies or ectopic pregnancy, and to predict the chance of pre-eclampsia and preterm birth. Each of these conditions can seriously threaten a woman’s life if it is not diagnosed and treated in time. Since becoming regularly utilised in prenatal care, ultrasound imaging has improved maternal health immensely in the last decades.
Ultrasound guided procedures are also an essential component of foetal therapy and fertility management, including IVF treatment.
If you’re interested in all the different ultrasound services we provide at Centre for Women’s Ultrasound, please click on the below links to find out more.
- Dating Scan (7-17 weeks)
- Cervical Scan (14-37 weeks)
- Gender Scan (16-31 weeks)
- Nuchal Translucency Scan (12-14 weeks)
- Foetal Morphology (19-23 weeks)
- Foetal Echocardiography (18-24 weeks)
- Foetal Growth Scan (20-40 weeks)
- Prenatal Diagnosis and Non-invasive Testing (10-20 weeks)
- 3D/4D Baby Scans (26-33 weeks)
- Foetal Presentation Scan (38-39 weeks)
We also provide a few different packages of ultrasound services that have been carefully selected to include the best value offer for your pregnancy journey.
Social and cultural impacts
The universally prevalent use of obstetric ultrasound technology has had a huge effect on the way pregnancy is experienced and conceptualised around the world.
The ability to see and determine features like the sex of the foetus combined with the fact that the technology helps to create a safer pregnancy has impacted the way in which women and societies at large conceptualise and experience pregnancy and childbirth.
Monitor your pregnancy at Centre for Women’s Ultrasound
Visit a specialist obstetrician with access to a full team of specialists. Our team will work together to ensure we create a relaxing environment for your pregnancy scans. We offer all standard tests as well as non-invasive prenatal testing and advanced 3D/4D ultrasounds. Contact our friendly team to arrange your consultation as soon as possible.