Please note you must be at least 6 weeks gestation to enable us to identify a heartbeat.
If you are less than 6 weeks gestation when you attend the scan we will assess and estimate the dates of your pregnancy.
The Sonographer who performs the scan will explain to you what will happen during the examination, and once it is completed she or he will show you your baby in as much detail as possible.
You can obtain a photo of the screen picture of your baby but there will be a small charge for this.
Early Pregnancy Scans are not routinely offered on the NHS but you may have one privately without affecting your NHS entitlement.
Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy (in this case your scan is often called a viability scan) and to calculate the date when your baby is due (usually referred to as a dating scan).
As part of your antenatal care ultrasound scans will be offered to you at approximately 12 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
An ) provides reassurance in this very early stage of your pregnancy.Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb.The scans are completely painless, have no known side effects on mother or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy.Please note that contrary to popular opinion, the scan is not performed to determine the sex of your baby and this is not looked for unless medically indicated. The ABC4D early baby scan helps determine the viability of an early pregnancy and to determine a single or multiple pregnancy between 6 - 14 weeks gestation.
Early Pregnancy Scans are normally performed trans-abdominally (through your tummy) however an internal (vaginal) scan may be required at earlier gestations ie 6-7 weeks to see all the necessary detail, or if your womb tilts backwards (retroverted).