We are not contracted in to medical aids. When you make an appointment, the fees will be discussed with you. You are responsible for the payment yourself directly after the consultation (with cash, credit or debit card) and can claim back the medical aid contribution from your medical aid.
You may find ultrasound services cheaper elsewhere. Our aim is not to provide the cheapest rates, but the highest quality of care. At Panorama Perinatology, you will be managed by a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist with special training in maternal and fetal conditions.
Ultrasound examination in pregnancy can be done by sonographers, sonologists or maternal and fetal medicine specialists (perinatologists).
- A sonographer is not a doctor, but a health professional (radiographer) trained to operate ultrasound equipment (usually a three to four year course).
- A sonologist is a doctor, usually a general practitioner, who limits his or her practice to performing ultrasound (i.e. the general medical training of six years, followed by voluntary training of various time and quality).
- A maternal and fetal medicine specialist is an obstetrician and gynaecologist with training in the subspeciality of maternal and foetal medicine (“perinatology”) and has the expertise to diagnose and manage fetal and maternal problems (i.e. six years’ general medical training, four years’ specialist training in obstetrics and gynecology and at least two years’ training in maternal and fetal medicine).
Although many practitioners call themselves fetal specialists because they limit their practice to fetal ultrasound, this term can be misleading. Before you decide where to go for your ultrasound examination, discuss it with your obstetrician / gynaecologist to make sure you get the level or care that you and your baby require.