The Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is pleased to announce that Southern Utah Women's Health Center, P.C. is among a growing number of ultrasound practices to achieve accreditation in obstetrics and gynecological ultrasounds. Southern Utah Women's Health Center, P.C. has achieved accreditation in recognition of the practice meeting voluntary standards set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession, including the practice's personnel, physical facilities, documentation, storage, and record-keeping practices, policies and procedures, quality assurance methods, and how the practice meets the AIUM Standards.
Southern Utah Women's Health Center, P.C. successfully completed and received accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, an association dedicated to promoting the safe and effective use of ultrasound. Accreditation means that Southern Utah Women's Health Center, P.C. has met nationally accepted standards and has demonstrated consistent excellence in patient care. Effectively and safely meeting the growing needs of patients is the number one priority.
By Dr. Tracy Windward
Southern Utah Women's Health Center, P.C.
The first images of a baby can be a powerful bonding experience for the woman and her family. These images can be obtained through a prenatal ultrasound, which has become a valuable tool in obstetrical care. Most women have at least one ultrasound during their pregnancy and the optimal time for a single ultrasound is around 20 weeks.
There are many medical reasons why a woman should have a prenatal ultrasound, such as confirmation of early pregnancy, evaluation of bledding, determining the age of a fetus, diagnosis of some fetal malformations, and assessment of the placenta and amniotic fluid volumes.
Not all pregancies are perfect and some may require additional evaluation. Ultrasound can assist in the diagnosis of chromosome abnormalities. It can also be used to asses fetal well being. 3D ultrasound can provide additional information if a problem is suspected on the regular 2D scan.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures in motion of the developing pregnancy. Unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation and the general use of ultrasound for medical diagnosis is considered safe.1
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine(AIUM) "encourages all patients to make sure that practitioners using ultrasound have recieved specific training in fetal imaging to ensure the best possible results." The Physicians and sonographers at Southern Utah Women's Health Center,P.C. have achieved accreditation by the Ultrasound Practice Council of the AIUM to perform prenatal ultrasounds. We have achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession.
The phyisicians at Southern Utah Women's Health Center, P.C. would love to assist you during your pregnancy and delivery. Please call 435-628-1662 to schedule an appointment.
Tracy W.Windward MD FACOG,
Southern Utah Women's Health Center, PC.
1(Altough ultrasound for medical diagnosis is considered safe, ultrasound energy does have the theoretical risk to produce biological effects and therefore guidelines caution against unnecessary exposure to ultrasound for nonmedical indications).