There are clinical responsibilities associated with performing an obstetric ultrasound scan within the Medicare schedule which include:
- Reporting serious maternal or fetal conditions to the referring doctor in a timely manner to expedite management choice for the woman. Different protocols will exist with respect to the sonographers and/or sonologist informing the woman at the time of the scan but written protocols should be developed within each practice. New staff must be advised of practice protocols.
- The scope of an evaluation of an ultrasound performed during pregnancy is determined by clinical need. This clinical need is at the discretion of the treating clinician and the medical practitioner reporting on the scan. Every scan performed should have a report generated with clear indications for the examination stated and relevant ultrasound findings documented. This report should be sent to the referring clinician (referred ultrasound) or included in the patients clinical records (non-referred ultrasound).
- Pregnancy <12 Weeks
- Nuchal Translucency Assessment
- 12 -16 Weeks Pregnancy
- 18- 22 Week Detailed Morphology Scan
- Pregnancy > 22 weeks
- Growth and wellbeing