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Intrapartum translabial ultrasound (ITU) - a method to assess birth progress

Ultrasound has a definite place in the labor ward for a number of clinical indications (Sherer et al. 1999). Intrapartum translabial ultrasound (ITU) is a simple, reproducible and non-invasive method to assess birth progress dynamically and objectively. The parameters head station, head direction and »angle of descent« as well as the dynamics during a contraction and while bearing down can be assessed during normal deliveries, but in particular also during pathological labor and before operative vaginal delivery. ITU parameters allow prediction of the course of labor. ITU is easy to learn and can help to assess normal labor objectively and to diagnose obstructed labor. It allows objective measurement of birth mechanics.

CME Prakt Fortbild Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2012; 8(1): 26-36

Birth progress, intrapartum ultrasound, head station, head direction, angle of descent

Boris Tutschek
Ultraschall-Zentrum, Basel, Schweiz
Reviewer: Wolfgang Henrich, Berlin
und Frédéric Chantraine, Liège, Belgien

Tutschek B. Intrapartaler ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2012; 8(1): 26-36 publiziert 31.03.2012 ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2012 ISSN 1614-8533