About Fetal View
Fetal View is an owner operated Obstetric ultrasound practice with 19 years’ experience. We provide a specialized ultrasound service for low-risk pregnancies.
- BRad in Radiography
- BTech Ultrasound
- BSc Hons Human Genetics (Cum Laude)
- MSc MedSc Reproductive biology (Cum Laude)
Her experience lies in screening/scanning of fetuses. If any physical, genetic or chromosomal abnormalities like Downs syndrome is detected, parents are referred to a specialised centre for a second opinion and/or genetic testing if necessary.
Elzabé holds accreditations to perform the 12 – 13 week nuchal translucency scan and the 20 – 22 weeks fetal anomaly scan from the FETAL MEDICINE FOUNDATION (FMF Id number 20821);
She is a member and a former board member of the SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR ULTRASOUND IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNAEOLOGY (SASUOG)
- The dating scan gives a better idea of how many weeks you are pregnant;
- Check whether you are having more than one baby;
- Detect structural abnormalities, unfortunately not all abnormalities are detectable with ultrasound;
- Calculate the risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality like Downs syndrome;
- It shows the position of your baby and the placenta. The position of the placenta determines if vaginal delivery is possible or not;
- Check that the baby is growing normally;
- Check that there is enough amniotic fluid around the baby, it there enough space for the baby to grow in.
The sonographer will put ultrasound gel on your tummy and tuck a covering sheet and tissue paper around your clothing to protect it from the gel. The gel will provide a good contact between the probe and your tummy.
The sonographer passes a handheld device called a probe over your skin. It is the probe that sends out ultrasound waves and picks them up when they bounce back.
A black and white or sepia coloured image of the baby will appear on the ultrasound screen. During the examination the sonographer will need to keep the screen in a position that gives them a good view of the baby – either directly facing them or at an angle.
The sonographer will carefully and meticulously examine your baby’s body. Having the scan does not hurt, but the sonographer may need to apply some pressure to ensure the best views of the baby.
If you are overweight or your body tissue is dense, it can reduce the quality of the image as there is more tissue for the ultrasound waves to get through before they reach the baby. If it is difficult to get a good image, the scan may take longer or must be repeated another time.