Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is a subspecialty division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The Division currently has two sub-specialists that provide service for a wide variety of complicated obstetrics disorders. The Division offers Antenatal Diagnosis, Clinical Genetics, Consultation and Counseling Services for the region. The Division maintains a state of the art Ultrasound Imaging System with Doppler capability.

The faculty members' interests and skills include: Management of High Risk Pregnancy, Preconceptional Counseling, Prenatal Diagnosis, Amniocentesis, Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS), Chorionic Villous Sampling (CVS), Intrauterine Transfusion and Fetal Assessment and Therapy. The mission of the Division is patient care, teaching of the medical students and residents, as well as clinical and basic science research in Reproductive Physiology. Additionally, the Division has established a Perinatal Network in Eastern North Carolina and offers mini fellowship programs for physicians in obstetric ultrasound.

Fetal Diagnosis

Ultrasound has become a widely accepted adjunct to routine obstetrical and gynecological care. It is invaluable in prenatal diagnosis associated with high risk maternal fetal care. Our department offers routine and targeted obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound as well as specialized genetic ultrasound exams. Other prenatal diagnostic studies performed in our division include Amniocentesis, Chorionic Villus Sampling, Periumbilical Blood Sampling, and many Fetal Therapy procedures.

The Sonographers who perform ultrasound studies in the Department of Ob/Gyn are all certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialty area of obstetrics and gynecology and bring experience ranging from 2-27 years to our division. This certification is required of all those performing ultrasound exams in an accredited facility. They are also certified in various other specialty areas such as abdomen, neurosonology, and pediatric and fetal echocardiography.

Our Ultrasound Unit is equipped with four state-of-the-art Acuson computed sonography systems. We offer imaging modalities in 2-D, Pulsed Doppler, Color Doppler Imaging, Color Doppler Energy and High-resolution Transvaginal Imaging.

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