Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging 

At Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging, we are committed to providing the highest-quality ultrasound services for both high risk and low risk pregnancies. 

About Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging

Recognised internationally as a leader in pregnancy ultrasound scanning, especially for the detection and management of complex pregnancies, Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging is committed to providing the highest-quality pregnancy ultrasound services.

Using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, Mater's Maternal Fetal Medicine Women's Imaging performs over 18 000 scans per year, including tertiary referrals from all over Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The centre provides a full range of prenatal diagnostic and therapeutic options and is very active in research, collaborating with a wide range of perinatal specialists and scientists from around the world.

Our specially trained sonographers use the most up to date 3D and 4D imaging technology to provide a range of ultrasound and imaging services to women with low-risk pregnancies as well as complex, high-risk pregnancies. 

Located onsite within Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane, you will have access to the highest-quality pregnancy ultrasound imaging, specialist consultation, and management services. 


From early pregnancy through to the third trimester of pregnancy, Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging offers a full spectrum of pregnancy imaging services, screening, prenatal diagnostics and fetal therapy (in-utero).

The specialists and sonographers at Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging  work closely with private obstetricians to deliver a 24/7 service including pregnancy imaging and maternal fetal medicine specialist consultation in birth suite or Mater Mothers’ Pregnancy Assessment Centre.

Pregnancy imaging services include: 

  • Early pregnancy complications (including dating)
  • Nuchal translucency, first trimester combined screening and early fetal anatomy ultrasound
  • First trimester screening for preeclampsia
  • Routine and complex morphology ultrasound
  • 3D and 4D ultrasound 
  • Second and third trimester ultrasound 
  • Ultrasound to assess fetal health and wellbeing 
  • Surveillance ultrasound for multiple pregnancy 
  • Obstetric imaging 
  • Pregnancy imaging 
  • Ultrasound services 

Additional pregnancy imaging services for complex and high-risk pregnancies include: 

  • Specialist review following a potential issue discovered elsewhere ‘2nd opinion’ second and third trimester ultrasound for high-risk pregnancy
  • Specialist review and referral for fetal MRI  
  • Prenatal diagnosis including amniocentesis, CVS and fetal blood sampling 
  • Fetal therapy including fetal blood transfusion, amniodrainage, fetal shunt insertion, fetoscopic laser surgery, tracheal balloon occlusion for diaphragmatic hernia(FETO), in-utero fetal surgery for spinabifida 
  • Specialised fetal cardiac imaging


  • Neonatal counselling services
  • Fetal and paediatriccardiology services
  • Social work services 
  • Paediatric surgical consultation
  • Paediatric neurology consultation
  • Case-management midwifery services


Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging is located on Level 7 at Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane. 

Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging
Level 7
Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Opening hours 

Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging is open five days a week. 

Monday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm 
Tuesday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm 
Wednesday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm 
Thursday  8.30 am – 4.30 pm 
Friday  8.30 am – 4.30 pm 
Saturday  Closed
Sunday Closed

Please note, Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging is closed on public holidays.

Contact information  

If you would like to make an appointment or have a general enquiry, please contact Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging by phoning 07 3163 1899 to speak with a friendly member of our team.  

For urgent assessment of pregnancy related conditions at any stage of pregnancy, please contact your  maternity healthcare provider or present to Mater Mothers’ Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) or phone 13 HEALTH.

Pregnancy Assessment Centre
Level 5
Mater Mothers’ Hospital
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane Qld 4101

Common terminology and tests

Amniotic fluid

Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds the baby within the womb. This fluid has a number of functions that are essential for healthy growth and development. The amniotic fluid:

  • provides space for your baby’s growth and movement
  • plays an important part in developing your baby'd lungs so that they can breathe after birth.

Chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis test

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis are tests performed in pregnancy to identify chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome or genetic conditions like Cystic Fibrosis.

Prior to having a CVS or an amniocentesis it is important that you have a good understanding of the risks and limitations of each procedure.

Mater's Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine has put together some information for you to consider but it is not intended to take the place of comprehensive counselling available at the centre.

CVS procedure

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) requires a small sample of tissue, the chorionic villi, from the developing placenta and is one of two tests available to check the chromosomes (the structures that contain genes) of your baby. This tissue may also be used for biochemical or direct genetic testing.

CVS is performed at 11 to 12 weeks in your pregnancy and is a day patient procedure.

An ultrasound will be performed first to check how far along you are in your pregnancy and to show the position of your baby and the developing placenta. As your baby is small and not fully developed at this stage, very few physical problems can be detected by ultrasound scan. Your bladder should be full, but not uncomfortable.

Chorionic villi is obtained by inserting a needle through the mother’s abdomen (which has been cleaned and numbed with anaesthetic) under ultrasound guidance into the developing placenta. A small sample of chorionic villi is then withdrawn.

The chorionic villus sample is sent to the laboratory for testing. A chromosome result will be available in one to two weeks. A biochemical or direct genetic (DNA) test may take longer.

The chromosome test establishes the sex of the baby. If you wish to know this information you can ask the person who gives you your result.

CVS carries a small risk of causing a miscarriage. The average risk is one chance in 100. There is a risk of naturally occurring miscarriage in all pregnancies. The risk is highest in early pregnancy and increases with the age of the mother. The risks quoted for prenatal tests are in addition to this naturally occurring risk of miscarriage.

External cephalic version

External cephalic version (ECV) is the procedure of turning a baby from a breech position to a head first position. A successful ECV means that the mother is able to plan for a vaginal birth.

A breech presentation is when a baby is lying either bottom or feet first in the uterus and is common in early pregnancy. Most babies will turn by themselves into a head first position by 37 weeks of pregnancy. However, three to four per cent of babies will still be breech at 37 weeks. External cephalic version offers an alternative to caesarean or vaginal breech births.

Mater's Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine has put together some detailed information for you to consider.

First trimester screening and ultrasound

First trimester nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound is a non-invasive screening method used to identify babies with an increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

This assessment is done between 11 and 14 weeks gestation by measuring the thickness of a skin fold at the back of the neck called the NT.

Your baby’s length, NT and your age are combined to calculate your baby’s risk level of Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21). A blood test measuring two hormones (PAPPA and HCG) can also be taken. If used together with the ultrasound measurements, it can improve the accuracy of the test. The detection rate for Down Syndrome using NT and your age is 75% to 80%. By adding the blood test results, the detection rate is 85% to 90%.

It is important to remember that not all babies with a chromosomal abnormality will be detected by this method as the detection rate is not 100% guaranteed using either technique.

How is the scan result interpreted?

A report will be provided for you when results have been calculated and a copy sent to the doctor who referred you.

If your baby’s risk is high, further diagnostic tests will be fully discussed with you. Genetic counsellors are available to discuss high-risk results. You can choose to proceed to the diagnostic test at any stage.

Occasionally during the ultrasound scan, images are not clear enough for a variety of reasons. The scan may need to be performed using a vaginal ultrasound probe. This may cause some discomfort, but should not be painful.

Staff have undertaken special training and accreditation in ultrasonography for first trimester screening. The benefits of "seeing" your baby early and being reassured that all is well (in 95% of cases) needs to be balanced against the possibility (for five percent of patients) of finding potential problems with your baby. We understand this could be a stressful time for you and your family.

First trimester ultrasound screening is a new medical development. There are still many questions we may be unable to answer. Your doctor will help you understand the benefits, risks and options. If you would like to discuss your concerns with our Maternal Fetal Medicine team before deciding to have first trimester screening, you are welcome to contact us during business hours on 07 3163 1896.

Ultrasound scanning is a low-risk procedure, and more than one scan early in your pregnancy is usually unnecessary. We recommend another scan be performed at 18 to 20 weeks to check for other irregularities which may not be detectable before 14 weeks, such as spina bifida. Your doctor will refer you for this scan closer to the time.

Is a First Trimester Screening appointment appropriate for me?

Until recently, diagnostic tests for fetal abnormalities were only offered to women aged 35 years or more as the risk of having a baby with problems increases with mother’s age. However, first trimester ultrasound screening is appropriate for women of all ages who:

  • are aware of an increased risk of problems based on previous pregnancies and hereditary knowledge
  • have concerns about their unborn baby.

How does first trimester ultrasound screening compare with other antenatal diagnostic tests?

Ultrasound is a non-invasive screening method. It is different from diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS). These tests are offered to mothers more likely to be carrying babies with chromosomal or other problems. They are offered to clarify results of ultrasound scans.

How do I access the First Trimester Ultrasound Screening Program?

Patients must be referred by their GP or obstetrician for this service between 11 to 13 weeks of pregnancy. To make an appointment, please call 07 3163 1896 between 8.30 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Please bring your referral form with you to the appointment.


Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging is at the forefront of bringing the outcomes of new research and high-tech developments to patient care, through collaboration with many centres of excellence around the world. The centre's award-winning research in fetal tele-ultrasound work has attracted much international and national acclaim. Tele-ultrasound consultations to North Queensland occur regularly and research into using the internet for transmission is looking set to extend the benefits to more remote regional communities. Research into minimally invasive fetal therapies could improve outcomes in unborn babies with life threatening complications in pregnancy.

Our Staff 

Our team consists of specialist clinical staff, including maternal fetal medicine specialists, sonographers, midwives, and support services.

We work very closely with neonatologists, paediatricians, paediatric surgeons, geneticists, paediatric cardiologists, paediatric nephrologists, obstetric physicians, obstetric anaesthetists, perinatal pathologists and cytogeneticists based at Mater Mothers' Hospitals.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost with my Bundle of Joy card?

With your Bundle of Joy card, your two routine ultrasounds will be billed to Medicare with no out-of-pocket costs.   

Simply take your ultrasound request form from your health care provider and present your Bundle of Joy card at your appointment.  

The Bundle of Joy card includes two routine ultrasound scans during pregnancy (at 12–13+6 weeks, and 20-22 weeks). If you require more ultrasounds, you can access a discount on additional ultrasound scans at Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging with your Bundle of Joy card. 

Important: The Bundle of Joy card covers the two routine ultrasound scans completed by Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging. If you decide to have your ultrasound scan completed by another imaging provider, you may incur out-of-pocket costs.  

How do I access my images?

At Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging, we provide patients with their specialist report on the same day of the service. 

What about parking and transport?

Getting here by public transport: 

All of Mater’s hospitals are easily accessible by public transport. Mater Hill Brisbane City Council (BCC) Busway station is situated in the middle of the South Brisbane campus. You can access the timetables for BCC buses on the TransLink website.

For patients and visitors who wish to travel by train, the South Bank train station is the closest to Mater hospitals at South Brisbane. It’s a five-minute walk from the station to the Mater campus. You can access the timetables for trains on the TransLink website. 

Getting here by car:

There are three multi-storey car parks on the South Brisbane campus—Hancock Street Car Park, Mater Hill Car Park and Mater Medical Centre Car Park. These car parks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Patient dedicated parking is available in Mater Hill West Car Park which provides connection to major clinical facilities on site as well as access to a customer service booth and a volunteer support desk. Car and motorbike access to Mater Hill West is via Stanley Water Streets.

View our car park locations and costs for further details.

How much will it cost?

Fees for pregnancy ultrasound, consultation, and procedure  services will vary depending on a variety of factors.

We endeavour to keep costs as low as possible. For women having routine pregnancy scanning where the results are normal, you would not normally have a consultation with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist.  We also offer women who are booked to Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane the opportunity to purchase a Bundle of Joy card, which is associated with some significant savings.   

We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking, but if you do have any questions, please contact Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging by phoning 07 3163 1899 to speak with a friendly member of our team.  

I want to make an appointment. How can I make a booking?

If you would like to make an appointment or have a general enquiry, please contact Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging by phoning 07 3163 1899 to speak with a friendly member of our team.  

I’m not a patient at Mater Mothers. Can I still access services at Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging?

Yes. You can take any ultrasound request form to Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging. 

What if my ultrasound referral is addressed to an imaging provider other than Mater?

This is no issue. You can take any pregnancy ultrasound request form to Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine Women’s Imaging, even if it’s addressed to a different provider.  

I am a Referrer. How can I make a referral?

You may send us a referral electronically. Find out more here.  

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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