A Dating baby scan is being use to detect the gestation age of the foetus. Something very useful for women who are uncertain of their last menstrual period or have irregular menstrual cycles and therefore making it difficult for their doctor to correctly estimate when the baby is due.
Ultrasound is very accurate estimating the baby's due date and the earlier the scan the better the accuracy. The most accurate time is between 8 and 11 weeks gestation. In general ultrasound scans performed during the first trimester are within 3 - 5 days of accuracy. After 28 weeks, the stimation of the due date can be as long as 3 weeks out.
The overall accuracy of the scan also depends on the skills of the sonographer and the ultrasound scanner quality and this why our sonographers are all NHS qualified sonographers and we are using the latest ultrasound machine.
This pregnancy scan also known as viability ultrasound scan can provide the very much needed reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing normally and it is not an ectopic.
Unfortunately dating pregnancy scans are not routinely offered in the NHS and our expectant couples choose to have their ultrasound scan with us for peace of mind.
The most common reasons for having this ultrasound scan include:
The purpose of this scan is:
The scan incudes Ultrasound Report with a 2D b/w picture
We need your bladder full for this scan so you need to drink 1lt (2 pints) of water an hour before your scan.
Before the ultrasound scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure.
This scan is normally performed trans-abdominally. In some instances, however an internal scan (Trans-vaginal) may be required to see all the necessary detail or if your womb tilts backward.
We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do an trans-vaginal ultrasound scan then we will discuss this with you. To perform this baby scan, you will be asked to lie down on the examination couch and expose your lower abdomen.
A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your skin. The gel will help the transducer to make good contact with the skin. The ultrasound transducer will be placed on the body and will be moved in different directions over the area of interest to obtain the required information/ultrasound images.
There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer or probe as otherwise known, is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer.
Once the ultrasound imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolor clothing.
This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20-30 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor. Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.
It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.
A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones or kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.
Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.
You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.
Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.
Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy.
Some mothers to be, will, unfortunatelly get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor wight refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.
Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry.
At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after convception) a small gestation sac might be visible.
At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible.
At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat.
At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguisable. Embryonic movement might also seen.
At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.
We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs.
Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.
We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands.
Our range of ultrasound examinations include the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu.
Our competitively priced private ultrasound scan services and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.
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 sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d 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.
IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.
Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call ultrasound services.
We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.
If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time.Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.
These are some of the most frequent questions our clients ask about dating ultrasound scans:.