Early Pregnancy Scan
Early Pregnancy/Viability Ultrasound (6-11 weeks)
Are you curious about your pregnancy progress, experiencing pain, bleeding, or have a complicated obstetric history?
Our sonographer-led ultrasound service offers thorough assessments to address your concerns.
Here’s what we can do for you:
+Determine single or multiple pregnancies
+Exclude ectopic pregnancy
+Assess viability and heartbeat
+Estimate pregnancy dates
+Investigate causes of pain or bleeding, including miscarriage or ovarian cyst
Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Options:
For pregnancies under 9 weeks, a transvaginal examination is recommended in line with NICE guidelines, offering superior detail during early pregnancy. Transabdominal examinations are also available; however, the quality may vary based on the gestational age of the pregnancy.
Expert Guidance and Comprehensive Reporting:
Our experienced sonographers will guide you through these options, ensuring your comfort and understanding throughout the process. Following the examination, you’ll receive a comprehensive written report accompanied by corresponding ultrasound images, providing you with valuable insights into your pregnancy.
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All your Questions Answered on your ultrasound diagnosis
You may wish to have this scan performed if:
The most common finding (over 70%) is a normally developing pregnancy. Sadly, however, about 20-25% of early pregnancies lead to miscarriage, and it would not be possible to identify the reason why it has happened by performing Ultrasound alone. On a very rare occasion, an abnormally located pregnancy, called ectopic pregnancy, or an abnormally developing pregnancy, called molar pregnancy may be identified, in which case you will be urgently referred to an Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology Unit at one of the nearby NHS Hospitals.
In majority of cases we will visualise a normally developing pregnancy, in which case there is no need for a blood test. In some cases, it will be impossible to identify a pregnancy on the scan, likely because it is simply too early to visualise on Ultrasound; in which case we will recommend a blood test that measures pregnancy hormones, specifically serum ß-HCG and progesterone levels.
We generally advise this scan to be performed transvaginally (internal scan) if you are under 7 weeks for optimal visibility, done on an empty bladder; however respect your choice if wish to decline an internal scan during your visit, in which case a transabdominal scan (on top of your tummy) will be offered with a pre-prepared full bladder (finish drinking 0.75-1L of water about 1 hr before your appointment time).
The Ultrasound Specialist will explain the procedure before your scan. You will be provided with a gown to respect your modesty in the likelihood of an internal scan. It will then involve insertion of the tip of the transvaginal probe, covered with a latex-free probe cover with a small amount of sterile gel into the vaginal canal. Our specialist will have to slightly move the probe to assess the relevant anatomy and to produce high quality diagnostic ultrasound images. You might feel mild discomfort during your ultrasound scan, however you can stop or pause the examination at any moment. Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan is regularly completed within 5-10 minutes. Our Sonographer will recommend the best course of action depending on the ultrasound scan findings.
You will get the results after the scan along with a hard copy of the report. We will also email you a digital copy of the report with relevant images within 24 hrs.
Ultrasound scan itself does not harm the pregnancy. Yours and your baby’s safety is one of our top priorities, therefore we strictly adhere to BMUS guidelines for the safe use of Diagnostic Ultrasound Equipment and scanning times, as well as respect ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable).
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