FAQS

What types of pregnancy ultrasound scans are offered?

2d/3d/4d scans are offered available with the option to add HD live

Are 3d/4d scans safe?

Ultrasound has been used for the last 40 years successfully. No proven risk are known to date. For updated information see Fetal Medicine Foundation & BMUS.

How many weeks do I have to be for an early scan?

You should be at least 7 weeks pregnant for an early scan to be performed to ensure the fetal heart pulsations can be seen. Any earlier the scan findings can be inconclusive.

When can you find out the gender of the baby?

A gender scan can be performed from 16 weeks gestation with high accuracy, if the baby is not in the optimum position where necessary we will arrange another appointment free of charge.

When is the best time to have a 4D scan?

The best time for scanning is between 26-32 weeks gestation due to the size of the baby and optimum amount of amniotic fluid present. Prior to 26 weeks the baby may appear more skeletal due to its size, after 32 weeks the reduction in amniotic fluid may not allow clear images of the baby.
If you are outside of the suggested range, we will endeavour to try and obtain the best possible images however this may not always be possible.
For a multiple pregnancy the best gestation is between 22-26 weeks.

Do I need to be referred by my Midwife, Obstetrician or GP?

A medical referral is not required, growth measurements will be taken and a report will be generated where required with appropriate recommendations to the community midwife or appropriate hospital department.

Who can I bring along to the scan?

Family and friends are more than welcome to come and share this amazing experience with you; the images are projected to a TV screen for everyone to see. For comfort we suggest a maximum of 5 people in the room, however we can discuss any particular needs you have. Children are more than welcome to attend but must be supervised at all times.

Who will perform the scan?

Our team of Sonographers at the Baby ultrasound clinic are all fully qualified health professionals accredited by the Fetal Medicine Foundation and are either registered with the Health Professionals Council or the Nursing Midwifery Council and all currently work within the NHS.

Does the position of my baby affect the 4D scan?

During a 4D scan the ideal position for your baby is to be lying on its back looking at the ceiling, from your previous scans I am sure you have experienced a naughty baby that does not want to help! If this is the case we will try a variety of techniques to try to get your baby moving into the optimum position. It could be going for a brief walk, drinking something cold/fizzy or eating a small snack.
We may try a number of times during the scan session to give the baby the best chance to move. If despite our best efforts on the first attempt your baby does not move we will book a further scan free of charge.

What happens if an abnormality is found?

Our 4D scans are non-diagnostic however during the scan if an abnormality or area of concern is found this will be discussed with you after the scan. A report will be completed with the appropriate referral advice, to either see your community Midwife, GP or Obstetrician.

Do I need a full bladder for the scan?

If you are having an early scan it is sometimes helpful to have fluid within your bladder but nothing too uncomfortable! Otherwise an empty bladder is fine for other scans.

How far in advance should I book?

Where possible it is best to book in advance to ensure you have the appointment that fits in with you. You can however always give us a call to find out what we have available as we offer a very flexible service!

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring your maternity notes with you.