Pregnancy Services

Dating Viability Scan

The first part of a pregnancy to be visible on ultrasound is the “gestational sac” which can be seen with a transvaginal scan approximately 3 weeks after a baby is conceived. At this stage it appears empty. During the next 2 weeks first a “yolk sac” and then a small “fetal pole” become visible.
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Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

When bleeding occurs in early pregnancy it is called a “threatened miscarriage” even though the majority of small bleeds are innocent and probably arise from the wall of the womb not supporting the pregnancy.
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Nuchal Translucancy Screening

This is a test that is appropriate if you wish to do testing for Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a condition that affects 1:700 babies born and is associated with varying degrees of mental retardation and other physical abnormalities.
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18-20 weeks Morphology

This is the most common scan performed in pregnancy. Its main purpose is to confirm that the baby is forming normally. Important anatomical structures such as the spine, brain, heart, kidneys and limbs are examined.
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Growth & Fetal Well Being Scan

These scans will look at how well a baby is growing. We do this by measuring the head, abdomen and leg length of a baby and comparing these either to it’s own previous measurements or the average for that stage of pregnancy.
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3D/4D Ultrasound

Penrith Ultrasound for Women uses the latest in 3D and 4D ultrasound during pregnancy and gynaecological examinations. The standard method for scanning the fetus is 2D ultrasound.
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This is a procedure that involves taking a small sample of the amniotic fluid from around the baby when testing for chromosome abnormalities like Down syndrome or doing genetic testing in a family with a known genetic disease.
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Chorionic villus sampling is a test that samples or biopsies the developing placenta. This is usually done to carry out testing for chromosome abnormalities like Down Syndrome or doing genetic testing in a family with a known genetic disease.
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