With Zika spreading across the United States, the fetal fears that began in Brazil have come a lot closer to home. According to The Washington Post, several women have faced the effects of contracting Zika virus during their pregnancies: one woman has already given birth to a baby with severe birth defects, while other mothers have miscarried or chosen to abort fetuses with early signs of abnormalities. Mothers who have Zika or are concerned that they could contract it are facing serious decisions and uncertain futures, leading many to wonder if there are any early signs of microcephaly.
After birth, microcephaly is fairly easy to diagnose, although the severity of the condition varies from infant to infant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Boston Children’s Hospital, typical microcephaly symptoms after birth include a head with a circumference two standard deviations below the average, failure to thrive, high-pitched crying, low appetite, and involuntary muscle contractions.
While still in utero, however, diagnosing microcephaly isn’t quite as cut and dry. According to the CDC, “Microcephaly can sometimes be diagnosed with an ultrasound test (which creates pictures of the body).” The CDC recommends going for an ultrasound late in the second trimester or early in the third trimester, although women who have contracted Zika should definitely see their physicians and undergo monitoring and regular ultrasounds as soon as possible.
Certain infections, genetic disorders and birth defects can be identified at an early stage though ultrasound scans. With improved technology and precise diagnostic features, the health of the infant can be monitored from close quarters in the womb, director of Mediscan Systems, Chennai S. Suresh has said.
While the average price for a pregnancy ultrasound is $337 in Georgia, it’s $411 in Macon, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.
A new study shows a wide variation in health care prices between states — and often between cities in the same state.
The study, published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs, found that Georgia health care prices for the privately insured are below the national average.
Some states, meanwhile, pay more than double what other states pay, according to the study from the Health Care Cost Institute.
The HCCI uses commercial insurance to chart differences in prices for more than 240 common medical services. The prices studied are total payments received by a medical provider — both from the insurer and the consumer, which includes co-pays and co-insurance.
Compared with the national average, Alaska has the highest average health care prices, followed by Wisconsin, North Dakota, New Hampshire and Minnesota. In Arizona, Florida, Maryland and Tennessee, more than 90 percent of health care services are priced lower than the national average.
Health care has seen an increasing push toward more transparency in pricing, and insurers as well as other organizations have brought more data into the public realm.
3D Ultrasound Packages
Whether you are a first time mother or your adding a new addition to your family, chances are you have experienced a traditional 2D ultrasound, but no matter what, you can’t wait to sneak a peek of your growing baby — after all, nine months is a long time to wait to catch a glimpse of those itty bitty fingers and toes! Getting a 3D Ultrasound from Quality Mobile Ultrasound can make those anxious feelings go away while helping you bond with your unborn child.
Quality Mobile Ultrasound, Inc. proudly announced two new partnerships today with Kinder Image of Royal Palm Beach, Florida and The Bump of South Florida!
QMU, Kinder Image and The Bump have partnered together to offer the South Florida Community an amazing all-in-one ultrasound and photography package.
QMU strives to provide the highest quality ultrasounds and we take pride in being physicians ultrasound partner. To provide the highest quality ultrasounds, all of our Ultrasound packages are performed by a registered sonographer. The pride we take in being physicians ultrasound partner is what sets our 3D ultrasound apart from the rest by including an OB Limited Ultrasound that is interpreted by a Board Certified Radiologist and the report is sent to expectant mothers physician.