The Inova Brock Antenatal Testing Center (ATC) opened in 1994, and is an integral part of Inova Alexandria Hospital Women’s Services. The center is dedicated to assisting obstetricians and nurse-midwives in caring for pregnancies at risk for maternal, fetal or obstetric complications. Designed as a consultative service, the ATC also is used to co-manage specific medical or obstetric problems, as needed and requested for both outpatients and inpatients. The center uses state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and private setting to assist:
- Prospective parents seeking genetic counseling and/or genetic testing
- Pregnant women who need comprehensive diagnostic tests to determine the health of their babies
- Women whose pregnancies are considered high risk
The Antenatal Testing Center’s distinguished and highly specialized staff includes maternal-fetal medicine physicians, high-risk perinatal RNs, and specialty sonographers. In addition to being highly educated and experienced in their fields; they provide compassionate care in a comfortable and private outpatient setting as a complement to the care women receive from their obstetrician. The staff’s goal is to work with high-risk mothers and their primary obstetrician to establish a plan for optimal management of these high-risk pregnancies and keep risk levels as low as possible.
Through the ATC, patients can receive consultations, antepartum diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, and individualized education. Services include:
- Level II Obstetric Ultrasound
- Fetal Echocardiography
- Genetic Amniocentesis
- Transvaginal Ultrasound
- Color And Pulse Wave Doppler Flow Imaging
- Non-Stress Testing
- Biophysical Profiles
- Genetic Counseling
- Pre-Conception Counseling
- Perinatal Consultations
- Co-Management Care with the OB Provider
In 2006, the ATC became one of the first perinatal facilities in the region to offer Nuchal translucency screening for chromosome abnormalities. This screening test is now recommended by the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists during the first trimester of pregnancy. The PDC physicians and sonographers are certified by the Nuchal Translucency Quality Review of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine. This means we adhere to the strictest standards of care and meet stringent criteria for services, staff and technology.
In 2012, the ATC joined the forefront in non-invasive prenatal genetic testing by offering ‘cell-free fetal DNA’ testing to patients who are at increased risk for chromosomal aneuploidies. It is the most accurate no-risk, non-invasive screening test available for evaluating the risk of Down's syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities.
In 2015, the Antenatal Testing Center received accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the first and only hospital-based practice in Northern Virginia to receive this designation. AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that allows practices to demonstrate that they meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Practices accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine have demonstrated competency in every aspect of their operation, including:
- Personnel Education, Training, and Experience
- Document Storage and Record Keeping
- Policies and Procedures Safeguarding Patients
- Ultrasound Personnel and Equipment