University Hospital Oldenburg

Department of Ultrasound Diagnostics and Prenatal Therapy (364658)

Gerhard Bender

Dr. med.

Gerhard Bender

Specialized in: ultrasound diagnostics, prenatal therapy

About the department

The Department of Ultrasound Diagnostics and Prenatal Therapy offers a full range of services in these areas of medicine. The department annually conducts about 8,000 ultrasound examinations and about 1,000 diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for unborn children. Ultrasound methods are absolutely safe for the child and in no way harm his health.The chief physician of the department is Dr. med. Gerhard Bender. 

The department specializes in conducting ultrasound examinations of the uterus, ovaries and breast. Also, among the departmen’s tasks is prenatal diagnostics to detect developmental disorders, including the study of the child's heart and blood supply to the uterus, placenta and fetal vessels.

If there are suspicions of a particular fetal disease, the department performs invasive diagnostic studies of the fetus, for example, amniocentesis, placental tissue removal (chorionic biopsy), umbilical cord blood sampling (umbilical cord puncture), and other interventions.

The necessary treatment for an unborn child can be carried out with the help of medical treatment of the mother or through intervention. The most important method is the transfusion of blood into the umbilical cord (intrauterine transfusion), for example, when the blood group of the mother and child is incompatible.

In case certain developmental disorders in the fetus are diagnosed, which can be treated only after birth, the specialists of the department conduct individual consultations for parents, where they explain the course of further actions. Such consultations can involve all the necessary specialists of the clinic, for example, pediatricians, children's surgeons, children's cardiologists.

The range of medical services of the department covers:

  • Amniocentesis (analysis of amniotic fluid, during which a puncture in the embryonic membrane is made and a sample of the amniotic fluid is taken)
  • Puncture of umbilical cord
  • Ultrasound examination of the mammary gland
  • Fetal echocardiography (targeted ultrasound of the child's heart, which can detect or exclude up to 80% of all congenital heart defects, including all heart defects that require treatment immediately after birth)
  • Diagnosis of malformations, prenatal treatment of developmental anomalies, or appropriate planning for childbirth and postnatal care for malformations
  • Doppler ultrasound for evaluation of blood flow and pressure in vessels
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which is the optimal method for diagnosing many hereditary metabolic disorders. The test is also used to study chromosomal abnormalities.

Department of Ultrasound Diagnostics and Prenatal Therapy.
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