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Dating Scan- 8 to 16 Weeks

The Dating Ultrasound Scan

The dating pregnancy ultrasound scan is being used to detect the gestation age of the baby, something very useful for women who are uncertain of their last period or have irregular menstrual cycles and therefore making it difficult for their doctor to correctly estimate when the baby is due. This pregnancy scan also is known as viability scan can provide the very much needed reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing normally and it is not ectopic. Unfortunately, dating pregnancy scans are not routinely offered in the NHS and our expectant mothers choose to have their ultrasound scan with us for peace of mind.

 

Reasons for having a dating ultrasound scan:

  • Irregular periods
  • Uncertain of your pregnancy dates
  • History of ectopic pregnancy
  • General reassurance

 

The purpose of this scan is:

  • Dating of pregnancy
  • Measuring the crown to rump length
  • Single or multiple pregnancies
  • Confirming foetal heartbeat.

What is included with this ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound report with a 2D b/w picture

Preparation for this ultrasound scan?

We need your bladder full for this scan so you need to drink 1lt (2 pints) of water an hour before your scan.

What should I expect?

Before the 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 the Pregnancy Ultrasound

Pregnancy or baby ultrasound scans are a 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 overall health. 

 

About Ultrasound

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 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 radiation.

During the ultrasound scan, the sonographer rests a small probe over the skin. This probe produces sound waves i.e. pulsations that travel through the tissues. Some 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. It is the same principle with the sonar the navy uses.

Ultrasound is being used to image mostly solid 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 as lungs, bone, stomach and bowel/colon.

Ultrasound images are black and white but colour Doppler is being used to evaluate organ and blood vessel blood flow and this is what the red and blue colours on the screen are.

 

 

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Pregnancy Frequent asked questions

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 GP's 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.