Dr Pau Castell has trained in obstetric/pregnancy ultrasound by completing an 18-month part-time training programme through UCD in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. Ultrasound as a discipline is in its infancy in the primary care setting in Ireland. We are proud to be one of the innovators in this field, and to be able to offer this service to our patients.
During the First Trimester of Pregnancy
In the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 7 to 12) ultrasound examination may:
- confirm pregnancy
- check the foetal heartbeat
- determine the gestational age of the baby and estimate a due date
- check for multiple pregnancies
- diagnose an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
NIPT is a screening test for pregnant women at risk of trisomy 13, 18 and 21. It is without risk to the expectant mother as this test simply requires a blood test and an ultrasound.
How to prepare for an ultrasound
During an ultrasound earlier in the pregnancy, you may need to have a full bladder for the technician to get a clear image of the foetus and your reproductive organs. You should drink two to three eight-ounce glasses of water one hour before your scheduled ultrasound. You should not urinate before your ultrasound so you arrive at your appointment with a full bladder.
A transvaginal ultrasound ( internal ultrasound) can produce a clearer image than the traditional transabdominal ultrasound. This ultrasound is more likely to be used during the early stages of pregnancy, when capturing a clear image may be more difficult.
Please book your appointment at Reception:
- Early Pregnancy Scan (7-12 weeks)
- Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NPIT) (From 10 weeks)