At Ascot Radiology, Auckland, we specialise in pregnancy ultrasound. We are also accredited by the Fetal Medicine Foundation screening programme to perform Nuchal scans.
We are lucky enough to have many experts in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology working in conjunction with highly trained and experienced sonographers. We aim to provide expert scanning and counselling through all stages of your pregnancy.
Nuchal Fold Screening
We are accredited in use the world renowned and respected Fetal Medicine Foundation screening programme from London. All of our sonographers/sonologists have been extensively trained and examined in nuchal measurements to gain accreditation. For more information, you can download a copy of our Chromosomal Assessment brochure by clicking here.
Restrictions on 3rd trimester scans and 4D imaging
Due to the high demand for obstetric scans at Ascot Radiology, we have had to put some restrictions in place in order to maintain our usual high standards of service to our regular obstetric referrers and patients.
As such, we are only offering 3rd trimester scans to those patients who have had all their previous scans with us for this pregnancy. To be sure this scan is of optimal quality, we require patients to have had their anatomy (19-20 week) scan with us, and ideally their nuchal scan (12 week). Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to take on any new patients in their 3rd trimester.
We apologise for these restrictions, but we are committed to giving the best obstetric service we can to our loyal specialists, midwives and patients.
Fetal Anatomy Scanning (19 – 21 weeks)
We give 1/2 hour appointment times for these scans so that they are not rushed. A thorough explanation during the scan, with a consultation from a specialist, if required. For more information on the Anatomy Scan, please click here.
A detailed scan of fetal hearts done at 25-28 weeks for suspected heart abnormality.
Although we do sometimes add one or two 3D images at the end of the medical component of the scan, we will only attempt this if time allows and if the baby is lying in a good position.
4D ultrasound takes many conventional 2D images, creates a surface rendered 3D image, and adds time to the process. As with conventional 2D imaging, baby’s position, maternal size and the amount of amniotic fluid play a vital role in the quality of the picture. 26 to 32 weeks is the ideal time for scanning as there is more amniotic fluid and the baby has developed some soft tissue about the face.
3rd Trimester Assessments
These scans include Doppler, biophysical profiles, and growth scans.
Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
These are interventional procedures for chromosomal abnormality. For further information, click on the amniocentesis and CVS links under NIPT & Prenatal Testing in the main menu.
Obstetric ultrasound prices
Early Pregnancy Scans: between 6 and 11 weeks gestation: $50
From approximately 12 weeks onwards you will have the choice of purchasing scans individually, or purchasing the scan package:
- Obstetric scan: $110 (Twins: $200)
- Pregnancy Ultrasound Package: This should be purchased at the time of nuchal scan (12 - 13.5 weeks): Includes nuchal scan, anatomy scan & growth scan/s referred by your LMC: $330 (Twins: $595 - from the 1st October 2018)
Click here for more information on the Pregnancy Ultrasound Package.
Introducing 'The Stork'
At Ascot Radiology, we’re always looking at ways to provide our patients with the best possible service.
After significant customer feedback, we realized there was a need for a more user-friendly way for obstetric patients to access their images, so we signed on with a new cloud based obstetric imaging service, aptly named ‘The Stork’.
The Stork offers patients direct, online access to their ultrasound images from any device, while also maintaining their privacy.
Once a scan is completed, the patient is sent a link and an access code via email or SMS. They then simply follow the link, enter their code and view their images on their phone, tablet or computer.
Ascot Radiology continues to store all the original ultrasound images and these are available for referrers to access at any time.
Use of cameras and mobile phones in the ultrasound room
Please be aware that it is prohibited to use a camera or mobile phone for the purpose of taking photos or recordings in the ultrasound room during the scan. We thank you for your cooperation.
Obstetric ultrasound is available at our following branches:
- Ascot Hospital
- AUT Millennium
- Highland Park
- St Heliers