Posted on May 09, 2017

Women’s Hospital – a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), recently hosted the Third Qatar National Obstetric Ultrasound Training Course to highlight the latest technologies and techniques in pregnancy-related ultrasound scans.

More than 300 healthcare professionals from HMC, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Primary Health Care Corporation, and other Qatar-based private healthcare organizations gathered at the event. Course Chairperson and Senior Consultant, Feto-Maternal Medicine Unit (FMU) at Women’s Hospital, Dr. Najat Khenyab, stated: “Ultrasounds (or sonogram) are very integral to helping clinicians monitor fetal development and screen for any problems during a woman’s pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-delivery recovery period.”

“By providing specialized workshops and training to obstetricians, radiologists, family physicians and sonographers across Qatar, we are enhancing the quality of ultrasound performance. This enables clinicians to provide early detection of fetal abnormalities through the effective use of ultrasound modalities, which could have life changing effects on a baby’s development,” she added. The two-day course was organized by the FMU, a division of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Women’s Hospital and featured state-of-the-art lectures by local and international guests along with live demonstrations from distinguished experts in fetal medicine. The course provided a platform to participants who were able to gain advanced knowledge and skills to efficiently understand and perform ultrasound examinations.

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Course Co-chairperson and Coordinator, and Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dr. Sawsan Al-Obaidly commented: “By organizing this annual event, we have seen the number of early referrals to Women’s Hospital’s FMU increase. This is almost certainly due to a combination of better screening quality at the referring hospitals and increased awareness amongst healthcare workers on detection techniques.” “If an early detection during an ultrasound is not picked up by a clinician, an unborn baby could be at risk of fetal abnormalities. This could have devastating effects on the outcome of a pregnancy. By holding this course, we are mitigating this negative outcome which is why the two-day course is so important.” Dr. Al-Obaidly explained.

Last year, FMU at Women’s Hospital performed around 8000 exams, where they managed pregnant women as early as 11 weeks, providing them with proper diagnosis through non-invasive and invasive testing as well as counsel parents regarding expected outcomes and the developmental status of their unborn child. Approximately 30 percent of women in the country may have a high-risk pregnancy, involving obstetric, medical, surgical, or genetic complications. The highly-skilled specialists in the unit complement obstetrical care providers, and co-manage complex conditions before or during pregnancy. Using advanced imaging techniques, clinicians in the FMU are able to accurately diagnose babies with birth defects prenatally and then connect parents with a neonatologist and a pediatric subspecialist.