We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
The Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit carries out all the necessary ultrasound scans on women and their future babies during pregnancy. Scans are most typically taken once per trimester during pregnancy, although there is no established number, as they are taken whenever they are considered necessary by the gynaecology professional.
The following ultrasound explorations are carried out during pregnancy:
First-trimester ultrasound: this is carried out between the first 11 and 13 weeks. This ultrasound, together with the previous blood analysis, is used for determining whether there is a risk of aneuploidy or early preeclampsia.
Aneuploidy is a complication that can cause birth defects in the foetus owing to an abnormal number of chromosomes in the blood. And early preeclampsia is a disease which, among other complications, can lead to premature births caused by high blood pressure.
Morphological ultrasound: this is carried out between the first 18 and 22 weeks. This ultrasound checks whether the foetus and all its organs are developing correctly and is used for ruling out malformations. In addition, here at the Vall d’Hebron we also carry out a vaginal exploration to measure the cervical length of the uterus and predict the risk of a premature birth; also a Doppler exploration, an ultrasound scan that enables us to see the blood flow of the mother’s uterine arteries and thereby assess the risk of preeclampsia.
Screening foetal echocardiography: this is carried out between the first 15 and 18 weeks. This ultrasound is only required for women at risk of foetal cardiopathy, a foetal-heart malformation.
Follow-up ultrasound: these ultrasounds are always carried out when required by the Department or an external referral. They may be used for assessing risks such as:
The Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit, as a cross-disciplinary service, is taking part in several studies with competitive public funding, led by our Department's specialists in our Prematurity Prevention, Placental Insufficiency, Foetal Medicine and Placenta Accreta Units. It recently joined the Cesarean Scar Pregnancy (CSP) Registry.
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