Ultrasound is a non-invasive tool for screening, diagnosis, and surveillance in pregnancy. Two scans are offered routinely to all pregnant women; in the first trimester (dating +/- nuchal translucency) and second trimester (anomaly).
Antenatal ultrasound is standardised within the West Midlands, and all units offer these two scans to all women. In addition, those presenting in early pregnancy with pain or bleeding will be offered an early pregnancy scan. Those at high risk of prenatal mortality may undergo third trimester ultrasound, which may be performed on multiple occasions.
Regional Ultrasound Group is supported by the Institute
and within the framework of this group standards
for ultrasound scanning and training
are discussed and agreed.
is also an important component of the Congenital
Anomaly Register, which is run by the Perinatal
Institute. Ultrasound scan reports of congenital
anomalies are recorded within the congenital anomaly