Private Early Scan

 Early Scan – At a Glance

  • 6 – 9 weeks Gestation age
  • Ensure the viability of the pregnancy
  • Confirm that pregnancy is intrauterine and not an ectopic
  • General Reassurance
  • No GP referral is required
  • Same time as you obtain the results straight away
  • Fully qualified NHS sonographers
  • Full Bladder is required
  • Only £109
  • Book Online or over the phone

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Early  Regnancy Scan from  6 to 9 weeks gestational age

The early pregnancy scan in the first trimester is used to confirm a pregnancy and the unborn baby’s heartbeat. You may be offered this scan if you had vaginal bleeding, or you are concerned due to previous pregnancy complications and risk of miscarriage.  The early pregnancy scan is also known as baby viability scan is the first obstetric ultrasound and can provide the very much needed reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing normally, that it is intrauterine and not an ectopic.

This private pregnancy scan can detect the embryonic heartbeat as early as 6 weeks pregnant. Scans should not be performed prior to 6 weeks gestation as they are likely to be inconclusive.

Reasons for this early baby scan:

Reasons for having this prenatal ultrasound include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • History of miscarriages
  • History of ectopic pregnancy
  • General reassurance
  • Rule out ectopic pregnancy and check the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus
  • Confirm the viability of the pregnancy
  • Check the foetal heartbeat is present
  • Calculate the gestation of pregnancy by measuring the crown-rump length
  • Determine whether it is a singleton or multiple pregnancies
  • Bleeding/Spotting or any unusual pain

Book your Early Scan Online

Use our online booking system to choose the most suitable day and time.

Only £109

(£29 deposit is required)

What is the purpose of early scans:

The purpose of this early obstetric ultrasound is:

  • To ensure the viability of the pregnancy by detecting a clear baby heartbeat.
  • Ensure that the pregnancy is located within the uterus and not in the fallopian tubes (not an ectopic pregnancy).
  • Detect whether it is single or multiple pregnancies.
  • General reassurance

What is included with the private early scan?

This private ultrasound includes: Report with a 2D b/w baby picture

Preparation for this baby scan

We need a full bladder for this early pregnancy scan, so you need to drink 1/2lt (1 pint) of water an hour before your scan.

What should I expect during the test?

Before the private ultrasound scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure.

This early baby scan is normally performed either transabdominally or transvaginally. In some instances, an internal or vaginal ultrasound may be required to see all the necessary detail or if your womb tilts backwards.  

We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do a trans-vaginal scan then we will discuss this with you.

To perform this private 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 the procedure. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer or probe as it is sometimes known.

Once the high-frequency ultrasound scanning 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 discolour clothing.

This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 10-15 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

Frequent Questions

The early pregnancy baby scan is used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby’s development. This sonography test can routinely detect a baby’s heartbeat from as early as 6-7 weeks and confirm the correct dates of your pregnancy.

You can see the baby on the screen from 6 weeks – At this stage the pregnancy is of course small, but we should be able to see the gestation sac with a yolk sac developing in your uterus. We should also be able to see your baby’s heartbeat on scan, which is very reassuring.

At 5 weeks pregnant you will be able to see a small gestation sac in the uterus.

At 6 weeks pregnant within the uterus you will be able to see a small gestation sac and maybe a small yolk sac.

Between 6-7 weeks a fetal pole might be seen. Foetal pole is the start of seeing a baby but still measuring only a few millimeters with a heartbeat and the chances of pregnancy continuing are high, close to 80%.

At 7 weeks gestation, the baby usually measures 10 – 20 mm and the heartbeat can be seen.

At 8 weeks pregnant, the baby measures between 20 and 30 mm and the heartbeat is clearly visible. The chances of the pregnancy continuing in that stage is 98%

At 10 weeks pregnant the baby is now between 35 and 40mm and if the baby heartbeat can be seen the chances of the pregnancy continuing is 99.4%. At 11+ weeks pregnant the baby is now measuring around 45mm and the head, body, arms and legs can be seen. The heart, the stomach, bladder and cord insertion may also be seen.

The foetal pole is the first direct imaging manifestation of the foetus and is seen as a thickening on the margin of the yolk sac during early pregnancy. It is often used synonymously with the term “embryo”.

Foetal pole or yolk sack can be seen from 6-7 weeks of gestation. In those cases where the foetal pole is not seen, a follow up scan will be recommended 7-10 days later.

Our diagnostic ultrasound machine is new and utilises the latest breakthrough high frequency ultrasound technologies to increase diagnostic accurancy and diagnostic confidence. Utilising up to date technology helps us to keep ultrasound exposure to the foetus and mothers as low as reasonably achievable.

Baby scans

We offer a large range of baby scans to complement your NHS ones, in our London clinic:

We also offer a range of private ultrasound examinations for men and women.

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Medically Reviewed by Tareq Ismail Pg(Dip), BSc (Hons)


About the Author: Yianni Kiromitis PgC (Medical Ultrasound), BSc(Hon)

I have 15+ years in ultrasound scanning and more than 20 years experience in Diagnostic Imaging. I have worked for multiple NHS hospitals as well as in the private sector.

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