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Since opening our doors to patients in 2017, MNSonography has been a leading Ultrasound Centre for patients in the Paarl area. We contribute to the early health of your baby by using the latest technology and our extensive knowledge of obstetric ultrasound techniques and fetal pathology to calculate your baby’s risk of having a chromosomal abnormality or fetal anomaly.


Dating / Viability Scan

6-10 weeks
Confirming the pregnancy

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NT Scan

11-13 weeks
To assess the risks of Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.

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Anomaly Scan

19-23 weeks
Evaluate the structural development of the baby

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Growth & Doppler

24-40 weeks
To assess the growth of the baby

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3D / 4D Scan

26-30 weeks
Making pretty pictures & clips of the movement in 3D & 4D of the baby.

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Melanie Nieuwoudt


A qualified ultrasonographer who started her training as a radiographer in 1997 and completed her BTech in Diagnostic Radiography in 2002. In 2005 she started her BTech in Ultrasound at Tygerberg Hospital. She was one of only 3 students accepted to study Ultrasound at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town.
She obtained her BTech degree in Ultrasound after completing two years of full-time training at the world renowned Obstetric Ultrasound Unit in Tygerberg Hospital under Prof Lut Geerts. Here, and in the surrounding clinics in Cape Town, is where she gained her invaluable experience and knowledge in Obstetric ultrasound scanning.
She is registered for first trimester screening with the Fetal Medicine Foundation and is a member of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the South African Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Unique, state of the art screening software allows for accurate reporting on ultrasound findings.


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  • What is a pregnancy ultrasound?
  • Reasons for a pregnancy ultrasound
  • During the first trimester of pregnancy
  • During the second and third trimesters of pregnancy
  • How to prepare for an ultrasound?
What is a pregnancy ultrasound?

A pregnancy ultrasound is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves to image the developing baby as well as the mother’s reproductive organs. The average number of ultrasounds varies with each pregnancy

An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, can help monitor normal fetal development and screen for any potential problems. Along with a standard ultrasound, there are a number of more advanced ultrasounds — including a 3-D ultrasound, a 4-D ultrasound, and a fetal echocardiography, which is an ultrasound that looks in detail at the fetus’ heart.

Reasons for a pregnancy ultrasound

An ultrasound can be used for a variety of reasons during pregnancy. Your doctor may also order more ultrasounds if they detected a problem in a previous ultrasound or blood test. Ultrasounds may also be done for nonmedical reasons, such as to produce images for the parents or to determine the sex of the baby. While ultrasound technology is safe for both mother and child, healthcare practitioners discourage the use of ultrasounds when there is no medical reason or benefit.

During the first trimester of pregnancy

In the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks one to 12), ultrasounds may be done to: confirm pregnancy, check the fetal heartbeat,determine the gestational age of the baby and estimate a due date, check for multiple pregnancies, examine the placenta, uterus, ovaries, and cervix, diagnose an ectopic pregnancy (when the fetus does not attach to the uterus) or miscarriage, look for any abnormal growth in the fetus.

During the second and third trimesters of pregnancy

In the second trimester (12 to 24 weeks) and the third trimester (24 to 40 weeks or birth), an ultrasound may be done to: monitor the fetus’ growth and position (breech, transverse, cephalic, or optimal), determine the baby’s sex, confirm multiple pregnancies, look at the placenta to check for problems, such as placenta previa (when the placenta covers the cervix) and placental abruption (when the placenta separates from the uterus prior to delivery), check for characteristics of Down syndrome (normally done between 13 and 14 weeks), check for congenital abnormalities or birth defects, examine the fetus for structural abnormalities or blood flow problems, monitor the levels of amniotic fluid, determine if the fetus is getting enough oxygen, diagnose problems with the ovaries or uterus, such as pregnancy tumors, measure the length of the cervix, guide other tests, such as amniocentesis, confirm an intrauterine death.

How to prepare for an ultrasound?

During an ultrasound, you lie down on an examination table or bed. An ultrasound technician applies a special gel to your abdomen and pelvic area. The gel is water-based, so it shouldn’t leave marks on your clothes or skin. The gel helps the sound waves travel properly. Next, the technician places a small wand, called a transducer, onto your belly. They move the transducer to capture black and white images onto the ultrasound screen. The technician may also take measurements of the image on the screen. They may ask you to move or hold your breath while they capture images. The technician then checks to see if the necessary images were captured and if they are clear. Then, the technician wipes off the gel and you can empty your bladder.

  • Types of pregnancy ultrasounds
  • Transvaginal ultrasound
  • 3-D ultrasound
  • Fetal echocardiography
Types of pregnancy ultrasounds

More advanced ultrasound techniques may be used when a more detailed image is required. These may give the doctor the information necessary to make a diagnosis if they detected problems during your traditional ultrasound.

Transvaginal ultrasound

A transvaginal ultrasound may be done to produce a clearer image. This ultrasound is more likely to be used during the early stages of pregnancy, when capturing a clear image may be more difficult. For this test, a small ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina. The probe rests against the back of your vagina while the images are captured.

3-D ultrasound

Unlike a traditional 2-D ultrasound, a 3-D ultrasound allows your doctor to see the width, height, and depth of the fetus and your organs. This ultrasound can be especially helpful in diagnosing any suspected problems during your pregnancy. A 3-D ultrasound follows the same procedure as a standard ultrasound, but it uses a special probe and software to create the 3-D image. It also requires special training for the technician, so it may not be as widely available.

Fetal echocardiography

A fetal echocardiography is performed if your doctor suspects your baby may have congenital heart defects. This test may be done similarly to a traditional pregnancy ultrasound, but it might take longer to complete. It captures an in-depth image of the fetus’ heart — one that shows the heart’s size, shape, and structure. This ultrasound also gives your doctor a look at how your baby’s heart is functioning, which can be helpful in diagnosing heart problems.


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Paarl, South Africa


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