Early Pregnancy Scan
Early Prgnancy Scan in a Glance:
- Pregnancy Confirmation / Viability Scan
- Probably your first baby scan
- From 6 weeks
- No GP referral is required.
- Same Day appointment
- Same Time Results
- Fully Qualified NHS Consultant Sonographers.Home Visit
Private Early Pregnancy Scans
The early pregnancy scan in the first trimester, is used to confirm a pregnancy and the unborn baby’s heartbeat. You may be offered this scan if you had vaginal bleeding or you are concerned due to previous pregnancy complications and risk of miscarriage. The early pregnancy scan also known as baby viability scan is the first obstetric ultrasound and can provide the very much needed reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing normally, it is intrauterine and not an ectopic.
If you’re interested in getting an ultrasound, please call us or schedule a consultation online.
Why is the Early Scan Performed?
If you have tested positive on a pregnancy test, the next step is to get an ultrasound exam, which measures the viability of your pregnancy and how far along you are. An ultrasound exam uses high frequency sound waves to capture images inside your body and is generally performed at seven to eight weeks of pregnancy.
Although hCG tests are highly accurate in determining if you are pregnant, an ultrasound may be done to determine if there is a problem with the pregnancy, how far along the pregnancy is, or to take measurements and screen for potential problems.
A pregnancy ultrasound may be done during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to:
Confirm a normal pregnancy
Determine the baby’s age
Look for problems, such as ectopic pregnancies or the chances for a miscarriage
Confirm the baby’s heart beat
Look for multiple pregnancies (such as twins and triplets)
Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Cost
How much is an early pregnancy scan?
The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. We have thousands of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few.
How to book an early pregnancy scan.
It is very easy to book the first-trimester screening . You can either contact us using our online contact form or call us and we will be more than happy to work around your schedule and offer you the reassurance in the early pregnancy you need.
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Ultrasound Q & A
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body. As the sound waves travel through your body, they reflect off tissues, sending information to a computer that interprets the waves and produces an image.
Your ultrasound may be performed transabdominally or transvaginally. A transabdominal ultrasound is the type used for pregnant women. The devices that emit sound waves, called the transducer, is moved across the abdomen, sending the waves down toward the uterus.
A transvaginal ultrasound uses a long, narrow transducer that’s placed inside the vagina. This method produces a clearer image of your pelvic organs, because it’s closer to reproductive organs.
How is ultrasound used in obstetrics?
Ultrasound is safe to use during pregnancy to evaluate the baby’s growth and development because it relies on sound waves rather than radiation. While ultrasounds are usually done during the first and second trimester, they can be performed any time during pregnancy.
First trimester ultrasounds aren’t routine, but they may verify a pregnancy, determine the location of the pregnancy, and be used to estimate the due date. Every pregnant woman receives a second trimester ultrasound to establish the size and position of the baby.
Your baby’s sex can often be identified when the second-trimester ultrasound is done after 20 weeks because the external genitalia are visible. In some cases, however, the image may not be clear or the baby’s position may block the view.
What are 3D and 4D ultrasounds?
With 3D imaging, you can see the facial structure and anatomy as a static three-dimensional image. With 4D ultrasound, live streaming video of the real-time images are captured, showing movement like the baby yawning or the motion of heart valves.
How can I prepare for an ultrasound?
Little to no preparation is required before an ultrasound. However, we may give you special instructions before your visit, depending on your reason for scheduling an ultrasound. While some ultrasounds require a full bladder, others may ask you to avoid eating or drinking beforehand. If this is the case, the team discusses how you should prepare beforehand. Call or book an appointment online to find out more about your ultrasound options.
How the Test is Performed
To have the procedure:
You will lie on your back on an exam table.
The person performing the test will spread a clear, water-based gel on your belly and pelvis area. A handheld probe will then be moved over the area. The gel helps the probe transmit sound waves. These waves bounce off the body structures, including the developing baby, to create a picture on the ultrasound machine.
In some cases, a pregnancy ultrasound may be done by placing the probe into the vagina. This is more likely in early pregnancy.
How to Prepare for the Test
You will need to have a full bladder to get the best ultrasound image. You may be asked to drink 2 to 3 glasses of liquid an hour before the test. DO NOT urinate before the procedure.
How the Test will Feel
There may be some discomfort from pressure on the full bladder. The conducting gel may feel slightly cold and wet. You will not feel the ultrasound waves.
Current ultrasound techniques appear to be safe. Ultrasound does not involve radiation.
Last reviewed on: 07/04/2020