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Ultrasound Services


Highly qualified, RDMS-certified sonographers in Maternal-Fetal Medicine perform extraordinarily precise ultrasound scans to help predict and diagnose any situation that might arise. Our patients benefit from early diagnosis and treatment of complex prenatal complications, as well as routine gynecologic scanning right in our offices.

Our team of sonographers is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

Our team of sonographers is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound
in Medicine.

Obstetrical Scans

First Trimester Down Syndrome Screening - Nuchal Translucency
This is an ultrasound examination performed between 11 and 14 weeks gestation. A measurement of the clear space in the tissue at the back of the baby’s neck is obtained. The presence or absence of the fetal nasal bone is also documented (absent nasal bone may be associated with an increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities). These results are combined with your age and a special blood test to determine if your pregnancy is at increased risk for certain chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. This ultrasound can also detect some (not all) birth defects, such as whether or not your baby is at an increased risk for heart abnormalities.

Initial Anatomy
This ultrasound is most often performed between 14 and 16 weeks. Your baby’s anatomy is evaluated for possible birth defects. It is important to note that all birth defects cannot be identified while you are pregnant.

Follow-Up Anatomy
This ultrasound is most often performed between 20 and 22 weeks. Your baby’s anatomy is re-evaluated for possible birth defects due to the fact that your baby’s anatomy can be better visualized at this point. Likewise, parts of the baby are still developing. It is important to note that all birth defects cannot be identified while you are pregnant.

This is an ultrasound examination which is most often performed in the first trimester (prior to 14 weeks gestation). It determines if the pregnancy is growing properly within your uterus. It also checks to make sure your ovaries are healthy. A first trimester ultrasound is the best time to establish your due date.

A growth ultrasound is performed to determine an estimated weight for your baby. This exam may be ordered if the doctor feels that your baby may be larger or smaller than expected or if you have a medical condition necessitating that the doctor keep track of the baby’s weight. It is important to note that this weight is an “estimate” and actual birth weight and estimated fetal weight can differ.

Biophysical Profile (BPP)
This ultrasound examination is used to assess the health of your baby. Movement, tone, breathing efforts, and amniotic fluid volume are checked to help determine how well your baby is doing in your uterus. This test may be obtained if you aren’t feeling your baby move as often as you did previously or if you or the baby has a medical condition necessitating such evaluation.

Cervical Length
A cervical length ultrasound measures the length or your cervix. You may need this test if you are having symptoms of preterm labor, such as contractions or pressure, or if you have a previous history of preterm labor and/or preterm delivery.

Doppler Studies
Doppler studies are a special ultrasound of the maternal, placental, or fetal vessels. They are utilized to determine if your pregnancy is at risk for problems or to determine the health of your baby in utero. These tests are only obtained if you or the baby has a condition necessitating them.

Placental Check
Ultrasound may be used to identify the location of your placenta. Your doctor may order this test if you have a history of vaginal bleeding or if your placenta looks like it may be near your cervix.

Multiple Gestation Imaging
For the most part, the ultrasound examinations for patients with twins, triplets, and high-order multiples are the same as for patients who are pregnant with one baby. Nonetheless, patients with multiples often undergo more ultrasounds due to the fact that they may need to be monitored for signs and symptoms of preterm labor and delivery, as well as growth discordance among co-twins.

Fetal Echo
Fetal echocardiography is the use of non-invasive ultrasound techniques to assess the structure and function of an unborn baby’s heart and to aid physicians in analyzing and diagnosing congenital heart defects.This test may be needed if you have a family history of congenital heart defects or if it is difficult to visualize all of the parts of the heart at the time of routine anatomical screening.

Valley’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine has achieved a three-year accreditation in the subspecialty of fetal echocardiography by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).  Valley is the first hospital in New Jersey to receive this accreditation, which attests to the safety, effectiveness, and high quality of fetal echocardiograms performed here and to Valley’s commitment to patient care excellence. 

Valley’s AIUM accreditation follows a rigorous evaluation of the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s practices, personnel, facilities, record-keeping, quality assurance, and the presentation of several patient cases.  The center’s other prenatal ultrasonography services are also accredited by the AIUM.

3D Ultrasound
3D ultrasound may be utilized to better visualize certain anatomical parts of your baby. Likewise, it may be utilized if a birth defect is suspected.

Gynecologic Scans

A GYN ultrasound is used to evaluate pelvic organs, including the uterus, endometrium, and ovaries. Your doctor may order a GYN scan if you have a history of ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids. Likewise, your doctor may order this test if you have a history of pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, infertility, or miscarriage.

GYN Doppler Ultrasound
Doppler ultrasound may be utilized at the time of GYN ultrasound if a cyst or polyp is noted.

3D GYN Ultrasound
3D GYN ultrasound may be performed if a uterine anomaly is suspected. Sometimes it is used to evaluate polyps and fibroids within the endometrial cavity.

Hysterosonograms also known as Saline Infusion Sonogram (SIS)
An SIS is a GYN ultrasound where a small amount of sterile saline is placed within your uterus to better evaluate the endometrial lining. Your doctor may order this test if you have a history of abnormal and or irregular vaginal bleeding or if your doctor suspects that you might have polyps or fibroids within your endometrial cavity. SIS is sometimes obtained if a patient has a history of multiple miscarriages or infertility. It can also be used to help determine if your uterus is shaped normally (i.e., that you do not have uterine malformation).

Ultrasound Procedures

Chorionic Villus Sampling

If you need an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, please click here to view those on Valley's medical staff.

The Valley Hospital offers a wide array of women's and children's services, including The Center for ChildbirthThe Fertility CenterMaternal-Fetal MedicineThe Center for Family EducationPediatrics, and The Kireker Center for Child Development. Maternal and Child Health services are provided in the home by Valley Home Care.

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