Early pregnancy scan

 The Private Early Scan 

  • 6 – 9 weeks of pregnancy
  • Viability Baby Scan
  • Determine the presence of a pregnancy
  • Ensure the viability of the pregnancy
  • Exclude miscarriage
  • Confirm that pregnancy is intrauterine and not an ectopic
  • Early Reassurance
  • No GP referral is required
  • Same-day appointments are usually available
  • Results straight away
  • Fully qualified, experienced, NHS sonographers
  • A full Bladder is required
  • Only £109
  • Book Online or over the phone
  • Notting Hill Gate Station, London
Early pregnancy scan in London

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Early  Pregnancy Scan from  6 to 9 weeks gestational age

The early pregnancy scan also called viability scan in the first trimester is an imaging examination used to confirm a pregnancy and the unborn baby’s heartbeat. You may be offered this test 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 and peace of mind 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 more likely to be inconclusive.

Reasons for this antenatal scan:

Reasons include:

  • Positive pregnancy test
  • IVF
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • History of miscarriage
  • History of ectopic pregnancy
  • General reassurance
  • To rule out ectopic pregnancy and check the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus
  • Confirm the viability of the pregnancy
  • Check the fetal heartbeat is present
  • Calculate the gestation of pregnancy using measurements of the crown-rump length
  • Determine whether it is a singleton or multiple pregnancies
  • Diagnosis of abnormal bleeding/Spotting or any unusual pain during pregnancy
  • Loss of pregnancy symptoms

How many weeks are you?

If you are not sure, please use our Gestation age pregnancy calculator to find the age of your pregnancy before you book your appointment.

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Only £109

(£29 deposit is required)

What is the purpose of early scans:

The purpose of this early obstetric ultrasound is:

  • Determine the presence of a pregnancy
  • Determine cause of any concerning symptoms, such as pregnancy spotting or bleeding if present
  • 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.
  • Early reassurance

What is included with the private early scan?

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


Preparation for this early 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 appointment?

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

This medical ultrasound is normally performed either transabdominal or transvaginal. 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 an internal 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 typically stain or discolour clothing.

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

How soon can you get an early pregnancy scan?

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.

What if I were to receive unexpected news?

Unfortunately, very often the ultrasound scan findings might show that the pregnancy is not progressing as expected. There are multiple reasons for this such as dating discrepancy or due to the health of the pregnancy such as a miscarriage.

We follow the national guidelines and depending on the findings we will recommend the appropriate referral pathway.

When can you see a baby on the screen?

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.

What can you expect to see on your early pregnancy scan?

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. You can find more about the 6-week pregnancy scan.

Between 6-7 weeks, a fetal pole might be seen. The foetal pole is the start of seeing a baby but still measuring only a few millimetres 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. You can read more about the 7 week ultrasound scan.

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 40 mm 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 45 mm and the head, body, arms and legs can be seen. The heart, the stomach, bladder and cord insertion may also be seen.

Our article will give you more information about the 8-12 week pregnancy scan.

What is the foetal pole?

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”.

What does no foetal pole or yolk sac seen mean?

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.

Private Early Pregnancy Scan Near Me

If you are looking for an early pregnancy scan nearby, our ultrasound clinic offers a wide range of baby scans for all trimesters during pregnancy to monitor the growth and development of the fetus as well as the pregnant woman.

We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Notting Hill underground station is served by Central, Circle and District lines.

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