Our screening techniques can provide you with peace of mind earlier in your pregnancy, with more accurate results.
About halfway through your pregnancy (18-20 weeks of gestation), you will most likely have an anatomy ultrasound of your baby. This ultrasound is used to determine if there are any fetal anomalies and the baby’s size and weight, and to measure the overall growth.
While an ultrasound examination will not improve your pregnancy’s outcome, it can aid in providing you and your family with information to be better prepared for your baby’s arrival.
Anatomy Ultrasound Examination
Cervical Length Measurement
This is a way to screen and detect pregnant women for the risks of delivering prematurely. This ultrasound measures the length of your cervix. It is usually performed during your anatomy/detailed ultrasound, but may be done even sooner if you have had a premature baby in the past.
Women who are identified as having a short cervix during their pregnancy or have had a premature delivery in the past are at a higher risk for delivering a premature baby. The Ohio State Maternal Fetal Medicine department offers cervical length ultrasound to all pregnant women as part of their prematurity risk assessment and to identify if further high-risk treatment is needed. If you are found to have a short cervical length, you may be a candidate for starting a medication that has been shown to decrease premature delivery.
Detailed Ultrasound Examination
These are routinely performed in some high-risk pregnancies. During a growth ultrasound, the sonographer will take measurements of you baby’s size and weight. This ultrasound is used to follow your baby’s growth over certain periods of time.
Doppler Ultrasound Examination
3-D Ultrasound Examination
4-D Ultrasound Examination
This ultrasound examination is provided in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It is performed here at Ohio State and read by a pediatric cardiologist (baby heart doctor). A fetal echocardiogram may be ordered for different reasons which can include a previous child born with a congenital heart disease, a family history of congenital heart disease, an irregular heart rhythm, pregestational diabetes mellitus, an abnormal appearing heart on your second trimester ultrasound examination and a chromosomal or genetic abnormality in your baby. Fetal echocardiograms are routinely performed from 21 – 24 weeks of gestation.
If a heart defect is found, the pediatric cardiologist will determine its significance and whether the defect will affect your baby prior to birth, will require immediate transfer after birth to Nationwide Children’s Hospital or will require heart surgery after birth.
Early Fetal Echocardiogram
Why Choose Ohio State?
Why Choose Ohio State
- Our MFM physician expertise is unmatched in central Ohio. All of our sonographers are certified to ensure the best images of your baby.
- We have specialized maternal fetal medicine physicians, a dedicated nurse and multiple genetic counselors who care for mothers and babies identified as high-risk. Our program takes care of pregnancies with red blood cell antibodies where possible fetal transfusions are needed for fetal anemia. We also provide prenatal care and delivery planning for babies identified to have fetal anomalies.
- Our team collaborates closely with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to ensure the best care and delivery planning for high risk babies.
- We are the only group in central Ohio that can perform early fetal echocardiograms, with more than 5+ years’ experience.
- Our licensed and board-certified team of genetic counselors will review your family history, assess your risks, explain your testing options, help you understand your test results and support you through your pregnancy whenever you have questions or concerns.
- You are younger than 17 years old or more than 35 years old.
- You are pregnant with more than one baby.
- You have had three or more miscarriages.
- Your pregnancy has been found to have an increased risk for a genetic condition or birth defect, such as Down syndrome, a heart defect or spina bifida.
- You had a problem in a past pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, seizures or clotting disorders.
- History of having a premature baby or found to have a short cervical length measurement