A pregnancy scan is a vital diagnostic component of a healthy pregnancy. We use ultrasounds from 5 weeks pregnant to verify the health of your baby, ensuring proper prenatal care. We offer a private baby scan service for all stages of pregnancy, complementary to the NHS in our ultrasound clinic in London.
If you are looking for an early pregnancy or reassurance scan in the early weeks in your pregnancy or a private baby scan to find your baby's gender and get quick answers about your baby's health, you can rest assured that our sonographers have the skills and the knowledge to provide you with the instant answers you need. The pregnancy ultrasound is a diagnostic scan that can help to reassure you that your pregnancy is normally progressing and detect any abnormalities. You can now book your appointment online or over the phone.
The private baby scans are performed by highly qualified sonographers who perform precise ultrasound scans to help predict and diagnose any situation that might arise. Our patients benefit from early diagnosis and treatment of prenatal complications as well as routine obstretic scanning.
Most healthy women receive normally two ultrasound scans during pregnancy through the NHS. The first is in the first trimester to confirm the due date, and the second is at 18-22 weeks to confirm normal anatomy and possibly the gender of the baby.
This is an ultrasound examination which is most often performed in the first trimester from 5 to 6 weeks gestational age. It determines if the pregnancy is growing properly within your uterus and it is not an ectopic. It also checks to make sure your ovaries are healthy.
This obstetric ultrasound is most often performed between 11 and 14 weeks. Your baby’s anatomy is evaluated for possible birth defects and estimates the age of your baby. It is important to note that all birth defects cannot be identified while you are pregnant.
This private baby scan is performed between 16 and 34 weeks of pregnancy and it is mainly focus in determining the gender of your baby. It is important to note that the scan is 99% acurate.
A growth scan is performed to determine an estimated weight for your baby. This exam may be ordered if the doctor feels that your baby may be larger or smaller than expected, if you have a medical condition necessitating that the doctor keep track of the baby’s weight or you just want reassurance that your pregnancy is progressing normally. It is important to note that this weight is an estimate and actual birth weight and estimated foetal weight can differ.
Schedule your pregnancy ultrasound exam at our London clinic today. You can book your scan using our online booking form or you can call us.
If you would like to confidentially speak to our sonographer to discuss any question you may have, please use the contact us form.
Ultrasound is a non invasive diagnostic technique which uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body. As the sound waves travel through your body, they reflect off tissues, sending information to a computer that interprets the waves and produces an image.
Your ultrasound may be performed transabdominally or transvaginally. A transabdominal ultrasound is the type used for pregnant women. The devices that emit sound waves, called the transducer, is moved across the abdomen, sending the waves down toward the uterus.
A transvaginal ultrasound uses a long, narrow transducer that’s placed inside the vagina. This method produces a clearer image of your pelvic organs, because it’s closer to reproductive organs.
Ultrasound is safe to use during pregnancy to evaluate the baby’s growth and development because it relies on sound waves rather than radiation. While ultrasounds are usually done during the first and second trimester, they can be performed any time during pregnancy.
First trimester ultrasounds aren’t routine, but they may verify a pregnancy, determine the location of the pregnancy, and be used to estimate the due date. Every pregnant woman receives a second trimester ultrasound to establish the size and position of the baby.
Your baby’s sex can often be identified when the second-trimester ultrasound is done after 20 weeks because the external genitalia are visible. In some cases, however, the image may not be clear or the baby’s position may block the view.
The 3D imaging, allows you to see the facial structure and anatomy as a static three-dimensional image of teh baby in the womb. The 4D ultrasound, allows you to see real-time images, such as movement, sometimes you can see the the baby yawning or sucking his/her thumb. At International Ultrasound Services, we follow the NICE, RCOG and BMUS safety guidlines recommended keep the exposure to the baby as low as reasonably possible (ALARA principle) and therefore we only perform 2d diagnostic ultrasound scans.
An obstetric scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scan but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your unborn baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones or kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasounds are being used to visualise the unborn 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 pregnancy.
You will normally offered two diagnostic ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy scan is at 12 weeks of gestation and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks of pregnany 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.
Author- Yianni Kiromitis PgC Medical Ultrasound, BSc(Hons) - Medical Ultrasound Practitioner
Abdomen, Small Parts,
Gynaecology/Obstetrics and Vascular...
Yianni Kiromitis is a London based NHS and Private Medical Sonographer, with more than 20 years’ experience in Healthcare.
Reviewed: 07/04/202 by Yianni Kiromitis PgC Medical Ultrasound, BSc(Hons) and Tareq Ismail Pg (Dip) Medical Ultrasound, BSc(Hons)