Diagnostic Procedures

What diagnostic procedures use ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging procedure that creates clear pictures of your pelvic tissues and organs, including your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. During pregnancy, ultrasound also allows your provider to visually examine the developing fetus.


But there’s only so much your provider can learn from visual inspection alone. The team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida also uses ultrasound to guide their instruments during a variety of more invasive procedures, such as:

Ultrasound-guided amniocentesis

This procedure uses ultrasound guidance to remove amniotic fluid from the uterus for testing or treatment. Amniotic fluid surrounds and protects a fetus during pregnancy. You may get amniocentesis for a variety of reasons, including genetic testing and diagnosis of fetal infections.

Ultrasound-guided chorionic villus sampling

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves removing some of the wispy, hair-like projections of placental tissue (chorionic villi) for testing. The chorionic villi contain the same genetic information as the developing baby.

Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling and transfusion

Also known as cordocentesis, this ultrasound-guided procedure removes a sample of the baby’s blood from the umbilical cord for testing.


What other procedures use ultrasound?

The team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida also uses ultrasound guidance to assist with therapeutic procedures, including:

Ultrasound-guided amnioreduction

Amnioreduction involves removing a large amount of amniotic fluid from the sac surrounding a developing baby (gestational sac). This procedure may be necessary to manage a pregnancy complicated by polyhydramnios, or too much amniotic fluid. 


Ultrasound-guided treatments for cysts and fibroids

Your provider may use ultrasound imaging to guide their instruments during procedures that treat abnormal, noncancerous growths, such as ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids.


Where can I get an ultrasound-guided diagnostic procedure?

The team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida uses the most advanced ultrasound technology available, including state-of-the-art 3D imaging, for their diagnostic procedures. Their team is certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), an organization dedicated to safe and effective ultrasounds in medicine.

For expert care of ultrasound-guided procedures, call Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida or book an appointment online today.