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Seminar: A Guide To Pregnancy Scans

A Guide To Pregnancy Scans

SATURDAY 21st MAY 2016, 11:00am
Speaker: Dr Karen Joash
(The Portland Hospital for Women & Children)


Topic: A Guide To Pregnancy Scans
Introduced in the 1950s, obstetric ultrasound is the use of ultrasound scans in pregnancy. Very high-frequency sound waves are used to give a picture of the moving fetus on a screen. Information about the health of the baby and measurements can be assessed from the information. It is a safe, non-invasive and essential procedure for expectant mothers.

Pregnancy scans are used primarily at the following points during pregnancy:

  • Confirmation of early pregnancy and to assess the correct location of pregnancy
  • At week 12 to confirm accuracy of dates
  • A nuchal translucency scan (if required) to look for fetal abnormalities
  • At around week 20 the anomaly scan will take accurate measurements, and ensure the viability of organs and growth

After 20 weeks further scans for multiple pregnancies or high-risk pregnancies may be carried out to give a continual assessment of fetal development.

Other scan types include transvaginal, which can give more accurate pictures earlier on in pregnancy, and 3D and 4D scans which provide more detailed pictures of your baby. As well as being an exciting moment for expectant parents, pregnancy scans are vital throughout pregnancy. Ms Joash will speak in detail about what to expect at each stage of your screening.

Biography: Dr Karen Joash, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Karen Joash is an obstetrician and gynaecologist known for being a skilled labour ward practitioner, with her passion for delivering high-quality care to women, she brings a personal approach to her patients.

Dr Joash graduated from Imperial College, London University and successfully obtained a place on the London Postgraduate obstetrics and gynaecology training programme. She has worked at most of the prestigious London teaching hospitals. Her aim is helping women to achieve their ideal delivery, tailored to their wants and needs. With her holistic approach and knowledge of both low-risk and high-risk conditions, she is able to provide this for all her patients.

She holds several roles including the training programme director for obstetrics and gynaecology in North West London. In her NHS role at Imperial Healthcare, she is the lead for postnatal care and perinatal mental health.

Speaker Affiliation:
The Portland Hospital for Women & Children, 205 – 209 Great Portland Street, London ,W1W 5AH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3432 5604

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