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All you would like to know about your ultrasound scan

What is pregnancy screening and why do we do it?

Screening in pregnancy is done in order to examine the baby’s development and health while still in its mother’s womb.

In most cases we can detect your baby’s heartbeat 6 weeks into the pregnancy and examine the majority of its structures after 12 weeks. Our findings in those screening allow us to diagnose various issues the baby and its mother can potentially encounter during all 40 weeks of pregnancy.

What is ultrasound scanning? Is it safe?

Safety first - numerous research has been done on ultrasound scanning, and there’s is NO evidence it can be harmful for your baby, or the mother. Diagnostic ultrasound was first invented back in the 1950-1960s. We use a special probe that sends a high frequency beam of sound waves which then bounces off the baby in womb back into the probe and then translates it into an image.

Naturally, the ultrasound technology has improved exponentially in the past couple of decades. With our advanced technology, we are now able to view your baby at an incredibly high resolution from when it is the size of a plum, in 3D and 4D (moving 3D.) We are even able to share those images with you over a secure cloud which you can access on your smartphone at a finger tap!

How are ultrasound scans performed?

In the vast majority of cases, your scan will be done transabdominally i.e. on the surface of your tummy. Our doctor will ask you to lay on a specially designed examination bed and will then apply a gel on your tummy (which is especially warmed fo your comfort). This allows the transducer to slide freely on the surface of your tummy and the sonographer to identify different structures of your baby from various angles. Depending on the scan you opted for, the whole process should take between 15-45 minutes.

In some cases, due to various factors such as the baby’s position in the womb, the sonographer is unable to obtain a satisfactory image of the baby. In such cases, the sonographer will suggest resorting to a transvaginal scan. As the name suggest, this is a more invasive scan performed by a transducer no larger than a finger. It is gently passed into the vagina to generate images of the baby, while you lay on your back. This may cause some slight discomfort but should not cause any pain.

Do I need a full urinary bladder for the scan?

The short answer is NO. Please feel free to come with an empty bladder, or use the ladies’ room on site. We use the latest ultrasound equipment which is capable to scan in any bladder condition. In the past, some ultrasound scanning machines struggled to produce a high quality image when the mother’s bladder was empty. This is not the case with the Voluson E10.

Can I get ultrasound scan results straight away?

Yes you will be given all the results straight away. The results and images are in BOTH hard and soft copies:

  • hard copy: scan report, growth charts, printed pictures of your baby
  • soft copy: scan report PDF,growth charts, high quality pictures and videos of the baby. All this information you can download from our secure cloud service

What’s NIPT? 

In short, the non invasive prenatal test (NIPT), is a simple blood test available to pregnant women at 10+ weeks of pregnancy with a very high detection rate of potential Down’s Syndrome presence.

Find out more here.

What’s next?

If we do identify any problems, together we can create treatment and management plans as soon as possible.

Pregnancy screening will give you an opportunity to have a look at your baby and aims to provide you with the best possible reassurance.