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About 4D Ultrasound Scans

It is very common these days for expecting parents to have 4D ultrasound scans or bonding scans as otherwise known. 3D/4D ultrasound is an ultrasound scanning technique, often used during pregnancy providing 3D/4D images of the baby.

There are several different ultrasound scanning techniques in pregnancyultrasound. The standard common diagnostic scan is the 2D ultrasound scan. In 3D baby scanning, however, instead of the sound being sent straight down and reflected back, it is sent at different angles. The returning echoes are processed by a powerfull computer program resulting in a 3D volume image of the baby's surface and/or internal organs.

Clinical use of this technology is an area of intense research activity especially in fetal anomaly scanning but there are also popular uses that have been shown to improve fetal-maternal bonding. 4D baby ultrasound scans are similar to 3D scans, with the difference associated with time.

So 4D ultrasound scans are essentially 2D ultrasound scans and the scanner puts the 2D information together to create a 4D image of the baby.

The ideal time to have a 3D/4D ultrasound scan is between 26 and 30 weeks of pregnancy as the baby sking is better devoloped to see the face.

 

This 4D ultrasound scan incudes:

  • 4D DVD
  • 5x b/w 3D images in mounted frame
  • CD with 6x colour 3D images
  • 1x (4×6) colour 3D image
  • 1 colour 3D keyring
  • Growth report, includes estimated weight of baby at current gestation
  • Wellbeing assessment includes position of baby and placental position
  • Complimentary gender confirmed if requested
  • 30 minute appointment

 

 

Preparation

 No preparation for this scan is neccesary but we reommend that during the week before your 4D scan, you drink  a couple of extra glasses of water each day. This will help you to be hydrated, and assures that there is sufficient amniotic fluid around your baby which helps with the 4D scan. A full bladder is not required.

From experiences we know that sometimes chocolates, sweets, fresh orange or even fizzy drinks can help when trying to stimulate your baby to move, so feel free to bring some along to your appointment in case the baby is having a nap. Caffeine is not recommend before your 4D scan.

When you arrive have a little walk around, this might help wake your baby up before for the scan.

 

The Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan

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 is being used to confirm the baby's heartbeat and exclude any early stage abnormalities; later in pregnancy ultrasound is being used to evaluate the baby's oveall health. 

About Ultrasound

Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.
It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.
The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the image on the screen.
There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.
Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.

 

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Private Pregnancy ultrasound London 

You are in the right place if you want to book a private pregnancy scan in London's Harley Street area, in a clinic trusted by local GPs and NHS Consultants alike.
Sonoworld offers private pregnancy ultrasound scans and other healthcare tests such as blood tests to provide you with an accelerated diagnosis about your health and the health of your baby so that you can continue enjoying your every day without unnecessary worry.

 

Can I pay for a pregnancy ultrasound?

Yes, you can pay for a pregnancy ultrasound scan. Sonoworld offers direct access to private Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans for people with or without private medical insurance.

If you have private medical insurance, your diagnostic scan might be covered. Please confirm with your medical insurance provider before booking your scan.

 

Why should you have a private pregnancy scan at Sonoworld, London?

You have been probably referred by your doctor for a pregnancy ultrasound examination but the NHS waiting times are long and you want rapid answers. At Sonoworld you can have a same day scan appointment with instant results to take to your doctor so that you can be back on track as soon as possible.

Sonoworld Diagnostic Services is registered with the CQC and has been trusted by the NHS and private sector since 2012 to provide unparalleled diagnostic services.  Our clients include healthcare professional such as GP’s and consultant radiologists. This is because our patients know that at Sonoworld will get sound service with no compromise in diagnostic accuracy or the level of care. 

These are some of the reasons our clients choose to have a private scan.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

No, you don't need a doctors referral to have a pregnancy ultrasound at Sonoworld. Most of our patients, in fact, are having a baby scan without even seeing their doctor or midwife.

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Pregnancy Scans

Our London Ultrasound Clinic offers a wide range of pregnancy scans such as the Early Pregnancy and Dating Scans, Gender Scans, reassurance and Growth Scans to monitor the fetal growth and development.

4D Baby Scans

We offer a range of 3D and 4D pregnancy scans for our expectant parents who can't wait to meet their unborn baby available from the 26th week of pregnancy.  Our ultrasound machine offers exceptional quality 3D and 4D ultrasound images.

 

Where can I get a pregnancy scan today?

In most cases, we are able to offer you an ultrasound appointment on the same day. We are even able to work around your schedule to further reduce the disruption associated with a health appointment.

 

How much does it cost to have a pregnancy scan in London? 

It is our philosophy that private healthcare and in our case ultrasound imaging should be affordable and available to all of us as our health is the most important thing in this world. This is why our medical and baby scans are competitively priced with no hidden extras.

The cost of our ultrasound scans ranges starting from £149 and are priced per area scanned.

Can too many ultrasounds harm the baby?

It is very common to concern about the effests of ultrasound on the baby and if ultrasounds can be dangerous for your baby. An ultrasound is a type of scan that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of your body. Ultrasound has been used for many years in the imaging of pregnancies and there are no known harmfull effects to either unborn baby or the mother.

Can you have a missed miscarriage after seeing a heartbeat?

Early miscarriages are unfortunatelly very common. If you had a pregnancy and you have seen the heartbeat that means that the pregnancy is progresing and it is not a missed miscarriage.

How early can you have a private scan?

You can have an early pregnanct scan from as early as 5 weeks gestation. Heartbeat however might not be visible until 6+ weeks gestation. 

Are private baby scans safe?

Private baby scans are safe as the private ultrasound clinics comply with national guidlines and are CQC registered. It always helps however checking the reputation of the provider before you book your appointment.

 

How do I book a pregnancy scan?

You can book an ultrasound appointment by using our easy to use online diary where you can select the most suitable time and day or by calling us direct on 020 3633 4902.

 

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