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Affinity Physicians for Women Now Offering 4D Ultrasound

Shannon Price, M.D. with Affinity Physicians for Women is now using 4D ultrasound technology to give expecting parents more detailed images of their unborn baby.

“The 4D ultrasound allows parents to take a sneak peek of their baby's first movements inside the womb,” said Dr. Price, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. “You can actually see what the baby is going to look like before he or she is even born. You can also view the heart beating and perhaps catch the baby yawning or stretching.”

An ultrasound is the machine that allows expecting parents to see their baby during the mother’s pregnancy. A sonogram is a still picture taken of the baby during the ultrasound. The 4D ultrasound takes 3D ultrasound images, or 3D sonograms, and adds the element of time to the process. This results in live action images of the baby, similar to a video.

“This cutting-edge fetal imaging helps to increase depth perception and provide exceptional anatomical realism,” said Dr. Price. “Patients can watch their baby during a relaxed, personalized and unique imaging session, creating a magical moment which can be preserved for a lifetime,” she said. “Gender can be determined during the 4D session if requested. We’ll also provide the still shots and moving images of the baby on a CD. It makes for a great keepsake.”

Dr. Price said 4D ultrasound is considered an elective imaging procedure, serving as a compliment to traditional ultrasound. Not all insurance carriers cover the service. “We have an affordable package for those who have to pay out-of-pocket,” said Dr. Price. She recommends that parents schedule their 4D experience between 28 and 30 weeks to obtain the best images.

Dr. Price earned her medical degree from Florida State University and completed residency training in OB/GYN at Greenville Health System in Greenville, SC. Before joining Affinity Physicians for Women in 2015, she practiced with North Florida Women’s Care in Tallahassee and Southwest Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology in Albany. Dr. Price’s services include pregnancy care plans and deliveries for expectant mothers; gynecologic surgery; wellness checks; infertility evaluation; treatment for menstrual disorders; menopausal management; and, health and wellness education.

Affinity Physicians for Women is located at the Cypress Pointe Professional Park in Tifton, adjacent to Tift County High School. The address is 39 Kent Road, Suite 1. For more information, visit www.affinitywomen.com or call 229-391-4130.

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Affinity Clinic Welcomes Dr. Marcus Roberts

One of the region’s most well-established family physicians, Marcus Roberts, M.D. has joined Affinity Clinic to provide outpatient primary care. Dr. Roberts earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed residency training at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood, SC. Patients of Dr. Roberts are encouraged to call 229-391-4100 for more information or to make an appointment. 

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May: Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

May 1, 2016 by Molly Huff

May is Ashthma and Allergy Awareness Month - and all of us know people or ARE someone that suffers from one or both.  Asthma and allergies affect so many Americans - in the past 20 years, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the number of Americans suffering from these two chronic conditions has doubled. That means the current estimate of people afflicted is around 60 million.

Just last year, approximately two million emergency room visits and almost half a million hospital stays were due to asthma/allergy attacks. So, what can be done to reduce and prevent the symptoms/attacks? Affinity physicians are well-equipped to diagnose what’s going on with you if you think are suffering from either asthma and/or allergies, and can get you feeling better through prevention and treatment.

 

Prevention
Identify and eliminate the triggers in your environment that can cause an allergy or asthma attack. This isn’t always easy, but the more you know about your specific condition, the better equipped you are to prevent those attacks. Common triggers include:

  • Pollen - Air Purifiers, especially those with HEPA filters, are excellent for cleaning the air of pollen.
  • Dust Mites - Allergy bedding, steam cleaning, dehumidifying, and vacuuming will help keep dust mites from sticking around. Air purifiers help with these as well.
  • Cockroaches - Professional exterminators ensure proper eradication of these nasty pests that are a serious threat to allergy and asthma sufferers.
  • Mildew and Mold - A quality dehumidifier will keep your home in ideal balance year round.
  • Pet Dander - If you and your allergy-producing pet are inseparable, regular baths, baby wipes between bathing, keeping pets off of furniture, regular vacuuming and frequent hand-washing are your best bets. Air purifiers help, too.
  • Smoke - A real danger to asthma and allergy sufferers, smoking should only be done outside. If you must smoke indoors, air purifiers designed to absorb smoke are a must. Fireplaces also can cause attacks - it’s best to avoid them if you have asthma.
  • Cleaning Products - Steamers as opposed to cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals are a great alternative. They only use tap water and are easy to operate.
  • Fragrances - Scented candles, perfumes, lotions, air fresheners - these can all be culprits. Avoid overdoing any of these if you have an allergy/asthma sufferer in your home.

If you are suffering this spring, give Affinity a call and set up an appointment with one of our physicians. We will help you identify your allergens and help you find ways to enjoy life a little more - minus the sniffling, watery eyes and asthma attacks. Stay well! 

 

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