- 20 Minute Appointment/30 Minute Twins, etc
- 4 x 2D B&W Photos
- Identifies Fetal Heart Beat
- Identifies Single or Multiple Pregnancy
- Dating of Pregnancy
An Early Pregnancy Scan is also useful if:
- You don’t know the date of your last period
- You know you are pregnant and are bleeding or in pain
- You think you may be miscarrying
- Your doctor wants to make sure that the pregnancy is in your womb and not in your fallopian tube (called an ectopic or tubal pregnancy)
An Early Pregnancy Scan is the very first pregnancy scan that you can have. Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy, ongoing and to calculate the date when your baby is due. It can be also performed to confirm the results of a pregnancy test kit.
Sometimes called a Viability Scan (to confirm the viability of your pregnancy), or Dating Scan (to date your pregnancy so you can plan your pregnancy diary), it is often done if you are not sure if you are pregnant or to provide reassurance in the very early stages of your pregnancy.
You can have an Early Pregnancy Scan any time from 8 weeks to 13 weeks into your pregnancy. These dates are calculated from the first day of your last menstral period (LMP) not the day of conception.
Before 5 weeks it is not possible to see any signs of pregnancy with current ultrasound technology.
The Early Pregnancy Scan is useful because performed correctly it allows you to plan the next 42 weeks leading up to the birth of your baby by providing an Estimated Due Date (EDD).
All future pregnancy scans and fetal growth milestones are performed and measured against this timeline.
When it comes to predicting exactly when your baby will be due or when it was conceived no ultrasound scan is 100% accurate. The Early Pregnancy Scan is usually accurate enough to provide you with an Estimated Due Date (EDD) to enable you to plan your pregnancy.
Generally the date of your EDD will not change unless a later scan predicts an EDD that is plus or minus 7 days of your original date.
Sometimes if the sonographer is unable to obtain a clear, accurate measurement you will be asked to return a week or two later when your baby will have grown larger to enable a more precise assessment.
- 15 minute appointment
- Confirm Baby’s Gender
- Strip of 2D photos
- Bring your Memory Card for all images to take away
This scan is performed after 17 weeks and is to determine the sex of the baby only.
On an ultrasound scan a female fetus will show three parallel bright white lines within the genital area, which denotes the labia.
The absence of the penis must not be taken as sufficient evidence of the fetus being a girl. The 3-lines sign which denotes the labia in the fetus is a very valid and accurate indication of the female gender.
The male fetus will express a round bulbous area within the genital area which is the scrotum and penis. This sometimes can be seen on screen as an appearance similar to a profile of a small snail.
If we can’t tell baby gender on the day, you’ll get a free re-scan in a week.
- Measure the circumference of your baby’s head
- Measure the size of your baby’s waist
- Measure the length of your baby’s femur (leg bone)
- Examine your placenta
- Check and the amount of fluid around your baby
- Check the baby’s movements
- Check the blood flow in the umbilical cord
- Input all the measurements and data into our system to compare and chart your baby’s growth
- Gender confirmation if requested
A Growth Scan is an ultrasound examination performed to check on the growth progress of your baby. Sometimes it is known as a Well Being Scan or a Fetal Growth Scan.
Growth Scans are important because they allow the sonographer or consultant to accurately track the growth of your baby.
By performing several Growth Scans at regular intervals your Midwife or Consultant is able to monitor the growth of your baby by observing data plotted on various graphs.
- 20 Minute appointment
- Strip of 2D photos
- Bring your Memory Stick for all Images to take away
- Wellbeing Check
- Blood Flow
- Placenta Presentation
- Baby Presentation: cephalic (head down) or breech (head up)
This scan is offered between 36 – 42 weeks gestation to identify whether baby is cephalic (head down) or breech (head up).
A full growth and blood flow check are also done.
If needs be a report will be supplied to your Consultant and GP