Private Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans
Are you looking for a private baby scan in London?
International Ultrasound Services offers pregnancy ultrasound scans complementary to the NHS from 6 weeks gestation.
What Are Private Pregnancy Scans?
Private pregnancy scans are elective ultrasound scans that offer expectant parents an opportunity to view their baby outside of the standard scans provided by healthcare systems. Unlike routine scans that are primarily for medical purposes, private scans can provide additional reassurance, offer more detailed images, or simply give families a chance to bond with their unborn baby in a more relaxed and personal setting.
Why Choose a Private Scan?
Choosing a private scan can afford you the luxury of convenience and flexibility. Appointments can often be made outside of regular healthcare hours, meaning less waiting and more time to enjoy the experience. Additionally, private scans can be tailored to your needs, whether you’re looking for an early confirmation of pregnancy, want to know the gender of your baby, or wish to see a more detailed 3D/4D image of your baby’s face and movements.
Our Scan Options
We offer a variety of scan options to suit every stage of pregnancy:
Early Pregnancy Scan: From as early as 6 weeks, this scan is designed to confirm your pregnancy, check for a heartbeat, and estimate your due date.
Dating Scan: Usually performed at 10-14 weeks, this scan gives you a more accurate due date and checks the baby’s development.
Gender Scan: Typically from 16 weeks onwards, for parents who are eager to know their baby’s gender.
Detailed Growth Scan: A detailed scan at around 24 weeks of gestation to check the baby’s anatomy and growth.
Benefits of Choosing Private Scans
When expecting a new addition to your family, every moment is precious. Private pregnancy scans offer an intimate and comprehensive look into your baby’s development, providing you with peace of mind and a unique bonding experience. Here are some key benefits of opting for private scans during your pregnancy journey:
Immediate Results and Insights: Unlike the often lengthy wait times associated with hospital scans, private scans offer the advantage of getting immediate feedback. Our experienced sonographers will guide you through every step, explaining the images and findings as they go, giving you real-time insights into your baby’s health and growth.
Comfort and Convenience: We understand that pregnancy can be an exhausting time, which is why our clinic is designed for your comfort. With flexible appointment scheduling, including evening and weekend slots, we accommodate your busy life, ensuring you can find a time that suits you without the stress of long hospital waiting lists.
Longer, Unrushed Appointments: Each session is allocated extra time, so you never feel rushed. This allows for a thorough scan and gives you ample opportunity to ask questions and understand every aspect of your baby’s development. Our goal is to ensure that you leave our clinic feeling informed and reassured.
Advanced Technology: Our clinic prides itself on utilizing state-of-the-art ultrasound technology. This high-resolution imaging provides clear and detailed pictures of your baby, enhancing the accuracy of our assessments and the quality of your experience.
A Range of Scans to Choose From: We offer a variety of scans to meet your needs at every stage of pregnancy. From early pregnancy scans to confirm your due date, to gender scans, to detailed growth scans scans where you can see your baby’s features, we cater to all your wishes with care and precision.
Privacy and Personalization: Our private scanning service is tailored to your needs. We offer a serene environment where you can enjoy the experience with your partner or family members without the usual clinical rush. The sessions are private and personalized, allowing you to form a bond with your baby in a calm and intimate setting.
Expert Care: Our sonographers are not only technically skilled but also empathetic and warm. They provide a supportive space for you to express any concerns and hopes for your pregnancy, offering professional advice and compassionate care throughout your scanning experience.
Choosing private scans can transform your pregnancy journey into an even more special and intimate adventure, creating memories that you will cherish long after your baby’s arrival.
Baby Scan services Offered
At IUS London, we understand that every pregnancy is unique, and we are dedicated to providing a personal and comfortable experience. Our private scan services are tailored to meet your individual needs and offer you peace of mind at every stage of your pregnancy. Below is the scans we offer:
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Early Pregnancy Scan (6-10 weeks): This scan is designed to confirm your pregnancy and to check the early development of your baby. You’ll be able to see the heartbeat and receive confirmation of the estimated due date. Our sonographers will also check for signs of multiple pregnancies and assess the health of your reproductive organs.
Dating Scan (11-14 weeks): Also known as the first trimester scan, the dating scan provides you with more accurate dating of your pregnancy. This scan is particularly reassuring for parents who have experienced previous complications or are anxious about the pregnancy.
Gender Scan (16 weeks onwards): If you’re eager to know whether you’re having a boy or a girl, our gender scan can provide you with that exciting revelation, subject to the baby’s position during the scan.
Growth Scan (24 weeks onwards): This scan monitors your baby’s growth and development. It includes measurements of your baby’s head, abdomen, and femur length. The sonographer will also evaluate the placental position and the amount of amniotic fluid.
Presentation Scan (35 weeks onwards): As your due date approaches, this scan assesses your baby’s position and helps determine the best delivery plan. It also includes a final check-up of the baby’s growth and well-being.
Each scan is performed using the latest ultrasound technology in a calm and comfortable setting. Our sonographers are highly trained professionals who will guide you through the process, explaining findings and answering any questions you might have. You will receive a detailed report of each scan, along with printed images.
Your comfort, care, and satisfaction are our utmost priorities. We look forward to being a part of your pregnancy journey and providing you with memories that you will cherish forever.
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What is a private pregnancy scan, and how does it differ from NHS scans?
A private pregnancy scan is an ultrasound performed by a qualified sonographer in a non-hospital setting. Unlike routine NHS scans which are generally limited to specific weeks of pregnancy, private scans can be scheduled for additional reassurance, at times convenient to you, and offer a broader range of services such as 3D/4D imaging.
At what stage of pregnancy can I have a private scan?
Private scans can be performed at various stages throughout pregnancy, starting from as early as 6 weeks up to full term. Each type of scan has recommended weeks for optimal results, which our team can advise you on.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to book a private scan?
No, a referral is not necessary for a private pregnancy scan. You can book an appointment directly with us at any time.
How long does a scan take, and when will I receive the results?
Most scans take between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of scan you are having. Results are typically provided immediately during the appointment, along with a detailed explanation from the sonographer.
Is it safe to have multiple scans during my pregnancy?
Ultrasound scans are considered safe for both mother and baby when performed by a qualified professional. There are no known risks with having multiple scans, and they can provide peace of mind throughout your pregnancy.
What if the scan detects a problem?
If any issues are detected during the scan, we will provide a full explanation and a written report. We will also advise you on the next steps and, with your consent, can liaise directly with your healthcare provider for further management.
Can I bring someone with me to the scan?
Yes, we understand that pregnancy is a special time and encourage you to bring a partner, family member, or friend for support. Please check with us beforehand as we may have restrictions on the number of guests due to space or current health guidelines.
What should I do to prepare for my scan?
Preparation can vary depending on the type of scan. Typically, we advise that you come with a full bladder for early pregnancy scans to improve image quality. For later scans, no special preparation is needed. We’ll provide you with detailed instructions when you book your appointment.
Are the sonographers qualified?
Absolutely. All our sonographers are fully qualified and experienced in obstetric ultrasound. They are registered with the appropriate professional bodies and participate in ongoing training to ensure the highest standard of care.
How much does a private pregnancy scan cost?
Costs vary depending on the type of scan and the stage of pregnancy. We offer transparent pricing and package deals, which are all detailed on our Pricing page. Please contact us for more information or if you have any specific requirements.
Can I get pictures or videos of my scan?
Yes, we provide printed images.
How can I book a private pregnancy scan?
Booking is simple. You can book online through our appointments page, call our reception, or send us an email. Our contact information is available on the Contact Us page.
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Safety and Accreditation
At IUS London, your safety and the well-being of your unborn child are our utmost priorities. We are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and reassuring environment for all our scans.
Here’s how we ensure the highest standards of care and safety:
Our facility is staffed by accredited sonographers who are registered with the appropriate professional bodies, ensuring they meet the rigorous standards for medical imaging and patient care.
We utilize the latest in ultrasound technology which is regularly serviced and calibrated to provide high-quality imaging while adhering to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle to ensure ultrasound exposure is kept to a minimum.
Clean and Hygienic Environment:
Our clinic maintains a strict hygiene protocol, with all equipment and surfaces thoroughly sanitized between appointments to minimize any risk of infection.
Privacy and Confidentiality:
We comply with all relevant health data protection laws to guarantee your personal and medical information remains confidential and is handled with the utmost sensitivity.
Our clinic is accredited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), demonstrating our commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest level of care and service.
Regular audits and assessments by this body ensure our continued compliance with health and safety standards.
Our team engages in ongoing professional development to stay abreast of the latest advancements in prenatal scanning and patient care.
While complications during a scan are extremely rare, we have comprehensive emergency procedures in place. Our staff is trained in first aid and emergency response, and we have a clear protocol for referral to medical facilities if necessary.
We actively seek and respond to feedback from our clients to continually improve our services and address any concerns promptly.
For any further information about our safety protocols or accreditation, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We are here to answer all your questions and provide the peace of mind you deserve during this special time.