Ultrasound Scans

  1. Early pregnancy scans. This allows you to see your baby for the first time. It gives us the opportunity to ensure that it is in the correct place (in the womb), to check your baby’s heart rate and to determine how many babies you are having. It also allows us to calculate how many weeks pregnant you are.
  2. Detailed normality/structural scans. This checks that your baby looks normal on scan. We examine the anatomy in detail, insofar as ultrasound will allow us. We can assess the gender of your baby, although ultrasound is not 100% accurate in confirming the sex of your baby.
  3. Growth scans. This monitors your baby’s growth. The amount of amniotic fluid, the position of the placenta and the flow in the umbilical cord (Doppler ultrasound) are also assessed at this time.
  4. 3D/4D scans. This is often performed at 26 weeks.  Good images can be obtained but this is dependent on the baby’s position.
  5. Nuchal translucency scan.  This is a scan that measures the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck. It provides you with a risk of having a baby with Down’s syndrome. We do this in combination with a blood test (otherwise known as the ‘combined test’). The combined test is perceived to be a better test than a nuchal translucency scan test alone.
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