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The University of Chicago Medicine - The Family Birth Center

Diagnostic Imaging and Testing for Fetal Disorders

Obstetric Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided Procedures

At the Family Birth Center, our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with sophisticated imaging technology to support definitive diagnosis for congenital disorders. Our team of highly skilled specialists brings together more than 150 years of collective experience.

We perform several types of fetal ultrasound, including:

  • Transabdominal
  • Transvaginal
  • Doppler
  • Three-dimensional
  • Four-dimensional
  • Targeted

Our specialists use ultrasound technology to perform diagnostic procedures, such as:

  • Nuchal translucency (NT scan), to determine if fluid is accumulating at the back of the fetus' neck, which may be a marker for Down syndrome or fetal heart defects
  • Amniocentesis, to test for chromosomal disorders and neural tube defects

We also offer biophysical profile (BPP) testing, which includes nonstress testing (NST) and ultrasound imaging to assess fetal health, usually during the last trimester.