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About CRIFM Prenatal Medical Clinic
CRIFM Prenatal Medical Clinic was established in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture in 2006 as a specialized fetal medicine institute, and moved to Osaka in November 2007 to open with our elite staff. CRIFM aims to provide not only the most accurate information on the fetus possible using ultrasound equipment, but also medical care that puts the mother and father first, including psychological follow-up for the family and advice on postnatal treatment plans. *For more information, click here.
What is a prenatal diagnosis clinic?
Many people think that prenatal diagnosis is as if it is a diagnosis of Down's syndrome, but this is not the case.
It is to diagnose whether the baby has any diseases before birth, and among all congenital diseases, Down syndrome is only one fifth. Even if we diagnose every single genetic abnormality other than Down syndrome, such as chromosomal abnormalities, microchromosomal abnormalities, and genetic mutations, it is still half of all congenital diseases.
There are more than a hundred kinds of diseases in babies, including diseases of the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, intestines, face, limbs, diseases caused by viral infections, and genetic diseases in which genetic mutations are transmitted from both parents. These are diagnosed by prenatal diagnosis clinics.
The primary purpose of prenatal diagnosis is to make sure that the baby is healthy and free of diseases.
If there is a disease, we will make as accurate a diagnosis as possible, and provide prenatal counseling with a pediatric specialist to discuss whether the baby can really do well.
At the prenatal clinic, we will perform precise ultrasound examinations, CVS, Amniocentesis to check for chromosomal abnormalities and genetic mutations, and other tests to check for diseases. Of course, the extent of the genetic testing will depend on the results of the ultrasound.
CRIFM was the first clinic in Japan to specialize in prenatal diagnosis, and in the 15 years since then, we have treated more than 35,000 mothers and 40,000 fetuses by focusing solely on prenatal diagnosis without compromising our beliefs or wavering.
Recently, microchromosome abnormalities can be detected by ordinary CVS and Amniocentesis, and Fetal brain dock can predict cortical developmental abnormalities at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy.
Prenatal diagnosis is not a one-sided process. At CRIFM, we will take the time to address and solve this "family issue" together.
Thoroughly implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
CRIFM is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by
- Thorough disinfection of the hospital premises
- Temperature check and medical interview in the triage room
- Thorough use of two-handed gloves for each operation
- Installation of special acrylic panels in all rooms
- Thorough disinfection of equipment by introducing high level sterilization equipment
- Disinfection and individualization of ultrasound jelly for each patient
- Test results can be obtained at home through ZOOM counseling
- COVID-19 antigen test (only for patients with high suspicion of infection or those who wish to have it)
In order to ensure that our patients can come to our clinic with peace of mind, we have put the safety of our patients first and foremost in our minds.
Greetings from Dr. Pooh
On behalf of the members of CRIFM, I would like to address all moms, dads, and anyone else who is interested in the CRIFM world.
CRIFM's doctors specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Genetic Counseling, and Pediatrics.
CRIFM is proud to have a small and elite staff. Doctors who come to CRIFM for training are amazed at how a small group of people can provide medical care that can only be found here in Japan.
Appointment / Access
5 minutes walk from Osaka-Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line. There is also a limousine bus service to Uehonmachi Station from Kansai and Itami Airports, which attracts many people from within and outside of the prefecture.
Frequently Asked Questions
At CRIFM, we answer the questions and concerns of our patients in order to make them feel at ease during their treatment.