Mass General Hospital

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Name of Treatment Program: Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnostics Center

Short description: The Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnostics Center at Massachusetts General Hospital offers state-of-the-art ultrasound and prenatal diagnostic testing and care, providing a clear picture of your baby’s health before birth.

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Leaders in Diagnostic Ultrasound

Mass General was among New England's first hospitals to offer first-trimester screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities between the 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy—and to refine this approach on an ongoing basis.

Because most birth defects occur in low-risk pregnancies, we use a “level 2” structural survey as our standard of care to evaluate fetuses. This approach typically yields the highest detection rate for potentially serious problems, such as congenital heart disease.

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Our physicians’ research helps pave the way for advances in prenatal diagnostic technology, and we continually refine our approach based on the latest research. Based on our research, for example, we can typically make prenatal evaluations two or more weeks earlier than we did as recently as ten years ago.

Nuchal Translucency Screening

Our approach to nuchal translucency (NT) screening, a sophisticated, noninvasive diagnostic test performed in early pregnancy, includes evaluating the nasal bone to provide a more accurate assessment of your risk for having a baby with birth defects.

Specialized Training

All of our ultrasounds are performed by physicians with specialized training in prenatal diagnosis either through subspecialty training or an arduous apprenticeship (or most often, both). Should you have any questions during a prenatal diagnostic procedure, just ask. Our physicians are available to help answer your questions or discuss the latest research.

Routine & High-Risk Care

About two-thirds of our patients plan to deliver their babies at Mass General and remain under our care throughout their pregnancy.

Other patients, including those at increased risk for having a problematic pregnancy due to age, family history or abnormalities suspected elsewhere, are referred to our center and most often return to their own obstetrician for continuing care.

Care in Multiple Locations

Our services are available at Mass General's main campus, Mass General West in Waltham and the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers.

Emotional Support and Guidance

We understand the fear and uncertainty that comes from a surprising diagnosis. In the rare instances our clinicians identify an abnormality during prenatal diagnosis testing, patients have access to Mass General’s world-class pediatric cardiologists, genetic counselors and state-of-the-art tests—including MRI, echocardiogram, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis—all under one roof.

Our patients also have access to Mass General social workers and support groups to help them cope with difficult news and make complicated decisions.

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