Obstetric ultrasonography is the use of medical ultrasonography in pregnancy, in which sound waves are used to create real-time visual images of the developing embryo or fetus in its mother’s uterus (womb).
There are several types of fetal ultrasound:
Standard ultrasound. The test uses sound waves to create two-dimensional images on a computer screen.
Doppler ultrasound. This test shows the movement of blood through the umbilical cord, in the baby’s heart, or between the baby and the placenta.
3-D ultrasound. This test shows a lifelike image of an unborn baby.
A 3-D ultrasound uses computer software along with a specially designed transducer to generate a more complete picture of the baby. The transducer takes images in a series of slices which, when transmitted to the computer, form a three dimensional picture.
Reasons for fetal ultrasound
- Confirm the number of babies. If your health care provider suspects a multiple pregnancy, an ultrasound might be done to confirm the number of babies.
Evaluate your baby’s growth. Your health care provider can use ultrasound to determine whether your baby is growing at a normal rate. Ultrasound can be used to monitor your baby’s movement, breathing and heart rate.
- Study the placenta and amniotic fluid levels. The placenta provides your baby with vital nutrients and oxygen-rich blood. Too much or too little amniotic fluid — the fluid that surrounds the baby in the uterus during pregnancy — or complications with the placenta need special attention. An ultrasound can help evaluate the placenta and amniotic fluid around the baby.
- Identify birth defects. An ultrasound can help your health care provider screen for some birth defects.
- Investigate complications. If you’re bleeding or having other complications, an ultrasound might help your health care provider determine the cause.
- Perform other prenatal tests. Your health care provider might use ultrasound to guide needle placement during certain prenatal tests, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
- Determine fetal position before delivery. Most babies are positioned headfirst by the end of the third trimester. That doesn’t always happen, though. Ultrasound imaging can confirm the baby’s presentation so that your health care provider can discuss options for delivery.
List of Clinics / Hospitals that offer Pregnancy UltraSound in Kenya
The following Hospitals/ clinics do offer Ultrasound services ,This is not a complete list of all the hospital . NB ;this is not an endorsement of the same services and Kenyapharmtech is not affiliated with any of them
1.The mater Hospital
Along Dunga Road, South B, Nairobi.
Telephone: +254 (20) 690 3000
Nairobi Womens Hurlingham
4th Floor, Room 415
3.Maria Immaculata Hospital
P. O. BOX 49682-00100,
MOBILE:0722-405166, 0711930741, 0734143735
TEL:254-020 2017401, 020 6750945EMAIL:email@example.com
Other email contacts:
6.Nairobi Womens Hospital