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Pregnancy ultrasounds

Early pregnancy ultrasound in Jyväskylä, Tampere, Kuopio and Helsinki

 See the price of a pregnancy ultrasound in our price list. Tampere and Kuopio also have a 4D ultrasound, read more and book an appointment today!

Early pregnancy ultrasound scan (less than 12 weeks)

The purpose of an early pregnancy ultrasound scan is to verify the duration/estimated time of the pregnancy, the number of fetuses and the location of the pregnancy. Many pregnant women wonder at what stage the pregnancy can be seen on the ultrasound and when it is appropriate to have an early pregnancy ultrasound. Usually, in an early pregnancy ultrasound examination, the fetal heartbeat can be seen after the 6th week of pregnancy, so the most recommended time for an early pregnancy ultrasound scan is after the 7th week of pregnancy (about 2-3 weeks after a positive pregnancy test). In this case, the fetal heartbeat can be seen in the ultrasound examination.

Often, in early pregnancy ultrasound examinations, it is possible to examine weekly developing fetal structures on a “rough” level and to estimate the amount of amniotic fluid. If the pregnancy is multiple, the type of pregnancy (non-identical/identical) and the number of placentas can be determined in the early pregnancy ultrasound. In connection with the early pregnancy ultrasound, possible risk factors for pregnancy complications etc. can also be evaluated and, if necessary, recommendations are given for follow-up aimed at preventing these.

Welcome to the early pregnancy ultrasound scan at Ovumia clinics!
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The price of early pregnancy ultrasound is determined according to our price list.


Measurement of nuchal transluciency and early pregnancy morfologic ultrasound

 Fetal nuchal transluciency (NT) is often elevated in various chromosomal disorders (e.g. Down’s syndrome). Elevated NT also increases the risk of fetal heart defects, diaphragmatic hernia, abnormalities of the kidneys and urinary tract, and closure disorders of the central nervous system. Nuchal transluciency can be measured between weeks 11+0 and 13+6 of pregnancy.

In recent years, structural ultrasound examinations of the first trimester of pregnancy have become more common in the world – a large part of the fetal structural defects previously diagnosed in the middle pregnancy can already be seen in the first trimester. The structural ultrasound scan of the first trimester of pregnancy examines the structures of different parts of the brain, the palate, the profile and bones of the facial area, the structures of the lungs, diaphragm, stomach, kidneys, bladder, intestines, liver, and spinal cord.  In the structural ultrasound, the structures of the upper and lower limbs are also checked. The structures of the heart are viewed from the visible parts. In addition to the fetus, the development of the placenta is evaluated in an ultrasound examination. It is possible to perform a detailed early pregnancy structural ultrasound examination after 12+0 weeks of pregnancy. The sex of the fetus can often be seen with help of ultrasound between the 12th and 13th week of pregnancy or later.

Fetal nuchal transluciency measurements and early pregnancy structural ultrasound are done at our Tampere and Kuopio clinics.

Second trimester ultrasound examination (pregnancy weeks 14 + 0 – 17 + 6)

In the ultrasound examination of the second trimester, weight estimate  of the fetus can be made based on the measurements of the fetus. During the second trimester of pregnancy, it is also possible to look at the development of the different organs of the fetus and, if necessary, look at the gender of the fetus. The development of the placenta as well as the location and amount of amniotic fluid can also be seen in the ultrasound examination. During the second trimester, if needed, the length of the cervix can be assessed by ultrasound.

Morfological ultrasound scan

 According to the screening regulation, the actual second-trimester ultrasound examination can be performed between weeks 18+0 and 22+0 of pregnancy or after week 24+0 of pregnancy. In a ultrasound examination, the measurements of the fetus are taken. In a morfological ultrasound scan, the structures of the fetal organs development are examined in accordance with international recommendations, in which case the ultrasound examination is more comprehensive than the examination according to the Finnish screening instructions. A morfological ultrasound examines the development of different organs of the fetus (e.g. different structures of the brain, facial area, heart structures, lungs, stomach, kidneys, bladder, spine, upper and lower limbs). Doppler measurements, that tell about the functioning of different organs, may be used to help examine the structures. The placenta, umbilical cord and the amount of amniotic fluid are also examined in the ultrasound examination. After the 24th week of pregnancy, a morfological ultrasound scan can also be done with a 4D ultrasound device.

You can make an appointment for a morfological ultrasound scan of the fetus at the clinic in Tampere and Kuopio.

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Fetal ultrasound examination during the second and third trimester, doppler measurements


In addition to the measurements and weight estimated of the fetus, after 24+0 weeks of pregnancy, in a ultrasound examination, it is possible to evaluate the function of the placenta by measuring the blood flow of the umbilical artery. If necessary, additional information on the well-being of the fetus can be obtained by measuring the blood flows that describe the function of the fetus’s central organs (e.g. brain, heart) and by evaluating the amount of amniotic fluid and the placenta, as well as the blood flows of the uterine arteries of the parturient. During pregnancy weeks 24-30, the best visibility is obtained when the examination is performed with a 4D ultrasound device.

The presentation of the fetus often stabilizes after 36+0 weeks of pregnancy. It is possible to predict the birth weight of the fetus with a weight estimate made after 35+0 weeks of pregnancy.

In connection with an ultrasound examination, it is possible to measure the length of the cervical canal with ultrasound. For example, the risk of premature birth can be predicted and, if necessary, the necessary measures can be planned to reduce the risk of premature birth.

You can book a detailed ultrasound examination of the fetus at our clinic in Tampere and Kuopio.

Fetal 4D ultrasound examination

Fetal 4D ultrasound is an ultrasound examination based on a three-dimensional view, which includes a moving image. A 4D ultrasound examination offers the opportunity to examine the external structures of the fetus in more detail than a traditional ultrasound examination, and a 4D ultrasound also enables monitoring of the fetus’s movements in three dimensions. In the examination, you can see, for example, the facial features of the fetus. The three-dimensionality makes it easier to detect possible structural abnormalities of the fetus.

A 4D ultrasound examination is recommended to be performed at 24-30 weeks of pregnancy, when visibility is the best. However, if you wish, a 4D ultrasound can be done at any stage of pregnancy.

You can make an appointment for a 4D ultrasound examination of the fetus at our clinic in Tampere and Kuopio. The examination includes a 60-minute reception visit and a recording of the examination.

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