Early Pregnancy Scan - 5 to 11 Weeks
Early Pregnancy Scan Summary:Pregnancy Confirmation / Viability Scan
Probably your first baby scan
From 5 weeks
No GP referral is required.
Same Day appointment
Same Time Results
Fully Qualified NHS Consultant Sonographers.
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The early scan will be able to detect a pregnancy and a baby's heartbeat; reduce anxiety and uncertainty at the early weeks of pregnancy. The early pregnancy scan also known as viability scan can provide the very much needed reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing normally and that it is not an ectopic. Unfortunately, early pregnancy scans are not routinely offered by the NHS and our expectant couples choose to have their early baby scan with us for peace of mind.
Reasons for having this early scan:
History of miscarriages
History of ectopic pregnancy
Rule out ectopic pregnancy and check the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus
Confirm viability of pregnancy
Check there is a baby's heartbeat present
Calculate the gestation of pregnancy
Determine whether it is a singleton or multiple pregnancy
The purpose of this early pregnancy scan is:
- To ensure the viability of the pregnancy by detecting a clear baby's heart beat.
- Ensure that the pregnancy is located within the uterus (not an ectopic pregnancy).
- Detect whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy.
- General reassurance.
What is included with this early baby scan:
Ultrasound report with a 2D b/w picture
Preparation for this early pregnancy scan
We need your bladder full for this early pregnancy ultrasound scan so you need to drink 1lt (2 pints) of water an hour before your scan.
What should I expect during the early pregnancy scan?
Before the early scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure and discuss the reasons for having the scan.
You will lie on the examination couch, asked to expose your lower abdomen and a small amount of gel will be placed on the skin. The ultrasound probe will be moved in different directions to obtain the best possible images.
Depending on the image quality of the transabdominal scan (TS), an internal or transvaginal scan (TV) might be necessary. Our sonographer will explain the reasons and the procedure and will get your consent.
About Pregnancy Scans
Pregnancy or baby ultrasound scans are very common part of prenatal care. This is because ultrasound scans are completely painless, have no known side effects on mothers or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy: in early pregnancy, ultrasound scanning is being used to confirm the baby's heartbeat and exclude any early stage abnormalities; later in pregnancy ultrasound scanning is being used to evaluate the baby's overall health.
Price: £129.00 (Twin pregnancy £170)
Who interprets the results of the early scan and how do I get them?
Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your ultrasound and provide you with an ultrasound report that you can take it your doctor. Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.
Our sonographers are advanced consultant practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience. They are fully qualified, registered with the HCPC, BMUS and SoR and work full/part time for the NHS and private clinics. On an average month, they perform more than 500 examinations and undertake regular CPD and other training activities to keep up with advances in ultrasound scanning technology. You can, therefore, rest assured that your health is in good hands.
What are the benefits and risks of ultrasound examinations?
- Ultrasound scans are non-invasive.
- An ultrasound exam should not be painful.
- Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities.
- Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any harmful ionizing radiation and this is why is the primary imaging modality in pregnancy.
- Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues and blood vessels that do not show up well on x-rays.
- Ultrasound scanning is dynamic and can evaluate body structures in real time.
- There are no known harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound scans.
What are the limitations of Ultrasound scan Imaging?
It can sometimes be hard to fully visualise the internal anatomy of large patients as the sound has further to travel and therefore the returning echoes are weaker.
Ultrasound likes soft, solid organs to travel through, therefore is not possible to evaluate structures such as bowel and stomach. The bowel can also obscure organs when it can be found between the organ and the ultrasound probe.
Why choose us for your private DVT ultrasound scan in London?
We are conveniently located in the heart of London, in Harley street just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus station.
We offer same day appointments in a clean and caring environment.
We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore, be assured that your health is in good hands.
We have thousands of happy clients and five-star reviews on independent review websites.
About Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans
Ultrasound imaging is a medical diagnostic technique where sound waves are being used to image various parts of the body.
Other terms for ultrasound imaging that are being used are sonograms, US and sonography.
Ultrasound is widely used these days as it is painless and safe to adults, children and foetuses. There are no side effects such as the ones associated with ionising radiation produced by CT and plain x-rays.
During the ultrasound scan, the sonographer rests a small probe over the skin. This probe produces sound waves i.e. pulsations that travel through your skin and inside your body. Part of the sound waves are being reflected back to the transducer and the computer analyses the returning echoes and produces the image on the screen. Medical ultrasonography uses the same principle as the sonar that the navy uses to detect submarines.
Ultrasound is being used to image mostly solid soft organs such as liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries, muscles and blood vessels and babies in the womb. It has, however, limited value in organs such lungs, bone, stomach and bowel/colon.
Ultrasound images are black and white but colour Doppler is being used to evaluate organ blood flow and blood vessels and this is what the red and blue colours on the screen are.
Looking for an early pregnancy scan in London?
Our private scan clinic specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. 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. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. We can conveniently book an ultrasound scan appointment via our online booking system or on the phone.