A 3D / 4D ultrasound scan focuses on your baby’s face and facial features. Care will be taken to ensure that optimum images are obtained, however on occasions examinations may be unsuccessful and / or need to be rescheduled. 3D and 4D scans are best undertaken between 25 and 32 weeks gestation when the baby’s face, hands, feet and limbs can be best seen. A fetal wellbeing assessment is included as we consider this an important part of any 3D & 4D scan. Sometimes it is not possible to capture good views because the baby is not in the optimum position however we will offer you a follow-up appointment if this is the case.
Early Pregnancy Scan
An early pregnancy scan confirms the presence of a fetal heart beat, designed to provide expecting mothers with reassurance when experiencing early pregnancy bleeding or pain. Detection of the fetal heart can be seen from as early as 6 weeks gestation. We are able to preform a Transvaginal (TV) scan should we not be able to see clearly via an external abdominal scan.
Dating & Viability Scan
A dating or viability scan confirms the presence of a fetal heart beat, the number of week’s gestation and excludes or confirms multiple pregnancies. A viability scan can provide reassurance to expecting mothers who may experience early pregnancy bleeding or previous difficulties. The optimum time to confirm the pregnancy dates is between 9 and 13 weeks. Accurate measurements and images are taken of the crown to rump length of the fetus, allowing us to date the pregnancy. After 14 weeks the pregnancy date is calculated by measuring the head circumference and femur length.
Fetal Sexing / Gender Scans
(After 16 weeks)
A 2D black and white scan. A fetal sexing scan determines the gender/sex of the baby. This scan assumes you already have had a normal fetal anatomy scan and is performed after 18 weeks gestation. It should be remembered this scan needs the baby in a particular position and does not accurately determine the fetal sex/gender in a small percentage of babies.
An anatomy scan is designed to carefully examine the baby and its organs to ensure normal development and excludes the presence of certain abnormalities. However, please be aware that not all abnormalities can be detected with the use of ultrasound. The position of the placenta and amount of liquor fluid surrounding the baby are also assessed and if requested determination of the sex/gender of the baby will be included if it is possible to be seen. Infrequently the scan may need to be repeated as it is not possible to examine the baby completely on a single appointment visit.
(14 - 24 weeks)
An additional scan designed to provide peace of mind. It is usually not necessary but you may have experienced bleeding, previous pregnancy complications or have been unwell a reassurance scan can be performed for you to see the baby and confirm a normal heart beat and fetal movements. We will also confirm that the baby measurements are within a normal range.
Please note if the pregnancy is considered to be over 18 weeks the expecting mother should opt to receive an anatomy scan as detailed below if one has not previously been performed via the NHS maternity provider.
Fetal Growth and Wellbeing Scans +/- 4D Scan
(26 + weeks)
£89.00 - £189.00
A growth scan assesses the growth development of the baby and other features including fluid around the baby and blood flow to the placenta. These features assess that the baby is healthy and developing as expected.
Nuchal Translucency Scan (Down’s syndrome screening)
(11+3 to 14+1 weeks)
The Nuchal Translucency scan is part of the first trimester screening test for Down’s Syndrome and other potential chromosomal abnormalities, now recommended by the National Screening Committee. A Nuchal Translucency scan is performed at 11+3 to 14+1 weeks gestation and measures the fluid at the back of the neck which is then used in combination with a maternal blood sample and other factors to estimate the risk to your baby of having a chromosomal abnormality such as Downs Syndrome. The blood sample can be taken in advance so that your results will be available at the time of your scan allowing time to discuss the results of the test immediately afterwards. If you are unable to have blood taken in advance, we will do this at the time of your ultrasound appointment and the results will be available 2-3 days later.
Please note if we are unable to confirm a fetal heartbeat at the time of your scan, there will be a reduced charge issued to cover the cost of the blood test and ultrasound examination.
We also provide a full range of non-obstetric diagnostic scans such as MRI, X-Ray, CT and Ultrasound.*
Our Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Scanning services include:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
*A referral from your GP or Consultant is desirable however not always essential for all scans depending on clinical frame work.