Prenatal & Fetal Diagnostic Testing
High-level prenatal testing and genetic counseling are available in our Prenatal Testing and Fetal Diagnostic Centers.
Our Prenatal Testing and Fetal Diagnostic Centers offer leading-edge technology for prenatal testing and fetal diagnosis by our team of specialists. Offering hope for women experiencing problems with pregnancy or childbirth, our specialists work in consultation with area obstetrician/gynecologists to help ensure healthy outcomes for families. Perinatologists (medical doctors who specialize in high-risk obstetrics), genetic counselors, nurses and sonographers provide a comprehensive range of advanced prenatal testing, fetal diagnosis and treatment and in utero surgery.
Expert high-risk care is available at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health if needed. Please call our Physician Referral Service at 215-481-MEDI or either center directly for more information.
Prenatal Testing Center
Our Prenatal Testing Center offers high-level testing and evaluation services, including
- Biophysical profiles
Provides information about fetal well-being through ultrasounds, by assessing fetal breathing, movement, tone, heart rate and amount of amniotic fluid.
- Non-stress test
Monitors fetal heart rate response to normal fetal activity such as kicking or movement.
- Amniotic fluid index
Measures the amount of amniotic fluid.
Fetal Diagnostic Center
Fetal Diagnostic Center staff provide "in utero" diagnosis and treatment.
- Basic ultrasound
Often called level one ultrasound, this high-resolution imaging provides information about fetal growth, amniotic fluid and fetal anatomy.
- Targeted ultrasound
Sometimes referred to as level two ultrasound, this high-resolution ultrasound provides detailed imaging of the fetal anatomy.
- Fetal echocardiogram
This test is an ultrasound examination to evaluate the fetal heart chambers, valves and great vessels.
- Vaginal ultrasound
This type of ultrasound is used to evaluate early pregnancies.
- Fetal surgery
Our doctors may perform surgery on the fetus using ultrasonic guidance to correct problems before birth.
Both early (12 - 14 weeks gestation) and routine (15 weeks or later) are available. This test provides information about the fetus' chromosomes and neural tube defects.
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and placental biopsy
A procedure for obtaining a small amount of placental tissue. These tests provide information about the fetus' chromosomes.
- Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS) and fetal blood transfusion
Procedures for obtaining a sample of the fetus' blood or transfusing blood through the umbilical cord.
- Genetic counseling
Gives parents an opportunity for gathering information regarding the risk of having a child with a birth defect or genetic disease. Our counselors focus on providing information together with guidance and interpretation.
- Perinatal consultation
An opportunity to discuss fetal abnormalities and maternal complications with our maternal-fetal specialist physicians.
The MOM (Maternal Observation and Monitoring) Unit is an inpatient unit which is a part of the Suite for Mothers and Babies. The MOM Unit provides fetal monitoring and around-the-clock care for high-risk mothers before delivering. Staff is available to assist you and your support person and answer any questions you may have at any time.