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First Trimester Nuchal Translucency Screen for Chromosome Abnormalities
In 2006, our ATC became one of the first perinatal facilities in the region to offer first trimester Nuchal Translucency screen for chromosome abnormalities. This screening test is now recommended by the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists during the first trimester of pregnancy. The ATC physicians and sonographers are certified by the Nuchal Translucency Quality Review of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine. This means they adhere to the strictest standards of care and meet stringent criteria for services, staff and technology.
'Cell-free Fetal DNA' Testing
In 2012, our 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 syndrome and other common chromosome abnormalities.
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Accreditation
In 2015, our ATC received accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the first 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