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.