Since the mid-20th century, ultrasound has been used extensively to create a "picture" of what's happening inside our bodies. For pregnant women, it is an indispensable aspect to care.
At Yale Medicine Maternal-Fetal Medicine, our physicians and sonographers perform more than 16,000 ultrasounds a year.
"Experience counts. This is the only way we can approach the fetus like a patient. With sophisticated ultrasound, we now have ways to identify fetal problems and guide treatment," says Joshua Copel, MD, a Yale Medicine expert in prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. "If a baby has an abnormal amount of fluid in the chest, we can use an ultrasound-guided needle to drain it out. Or we can deliver blood to the umbilical cord. The first of these types of transfusions were done here at Yale in 1984."