What do I need to prepare for my visit?
Please bring your insurance card, driver’s license
or photo ID, and a copy of your referral form. Please download the
new patient forms from our website if able, and have these completed
before your visit. Please go to our First Visit link for more
information. If you do not have internet access or are unable to
complete these forms please arrive 30 minutes prior to your
I am scheduled for an ultrasound. Do I need a full bladder?
No. In most cases we will even give you the opportunity to use the bathroom before your examination.
Who will perform my ultrasound examination?
Your ultrasound will be
performed by our Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) and
will be reviewed by the Perinatologist. The Perinatologist will review
the findings with you. Any questions or concerns you have will be
addressed and recommendations will be forwarded to your Obstetrician.
What should I expect from the person performing the ultrasound for my First Trimester Fetal Nuchal Translucency and Nasal Bone evaluation?
The person performing this examination should have
Obstetric ultrasound experience and should be certified in Nuchal
Translucency screening and Nasal Bone evaluation. The sonographer
should have a quality assurance evaluation of their images annually.
If the person performing the ultrasound is an ultrasound technician,
then you should expect that the physician supervising is also
certified to perform the procedure, maintains active certification,
and can provide you with counseling about the limitations and
results of the procedure.
Who will perform my First Trimester Nuchal Translucency and Nasal Bone evaluation sonogram?
Unlike many institutions that have this important
ultrasound performed by an ultrasound technician, at Maternal Fetal
Associates of the Mid-Atlantic (MFAMA), this important ultrasound
will personally be performed with the Perinatologist. All of our
Perinatologists are certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation (UK)
and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Nuchal Translucency
Quality Review (NTQR) program in the US to perform this evaluation
and to provide the necessary counseling.
Are you certified to perform Obstetric Ultrasound?
Yes, in fact we
voluntarily go through a certification process for our sonographers,
physicians, equipment, and quality of our ultrasound evaluations
through the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). We
are certified in Maryland and we are the only group at this time
specifically certified by the AIUM in Northern Virginia for
Obstetrical Ultrasound in our specialty. In addition, our
Perinatologists are all double board certified in Obstetrics and
Gynecology as well as in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Will I see a doctor at every visit?
Unless the doctor is unavailable because of an emergency, you will meet with the doctor at every visit. If they are not available due to an emergency, they will personally contact you and answer any of your questions.