Scans for your babyEverything you need to know about your Ultrasound Scan
What is pregnancy screening and why do we do it?
Screening in pregnancy allows us to examine the baby’s health and development while it is still in the mother’s womb.
We should be able to detect your baby’s heartbeat by 6 weeks of pregnancy and examine the majority of its structures after 12 weeks. Screening allows us to identify or diagnose some issues that may be encountered during the 40 or so weeks of pregnancy.
What is ultrasound scanning? Is it safe?
Safety First- Plenty of research has been done on ultrasound scanning with no evidence suggesting that it is in any way harmful to you or your baby. Diagnostic ultrasound was first invented back in the 1950-60s. When we perform your ultrasound, we use a special probe that sends a high frequency beam of sound waves, which then bounce off the baby in your womb, transmitting the signal back to the probe where it then gets translated into the images you see.
Naturally, ultrasound technology has improved exponentially in the past couple of decades. With our advanced technology, we are now able to image your baby in 3D and 4D (moving 3D) at an incredibly high resolution from the time it is a small as a plum. We are then able to share these images with you over a secure cloud served, which can be accessed on your smart phone; just a finger-tap away!
How are ultrasound scans performed?
Most of the time, your ultrasound scan will be performed transabdominally i.e. on the surface of your tummy. Firstly, our doctor will ask you to lay on an examination bed and will then apply a gel on your tummy (which will be warmed for your comfort). This allows the transducer to slide freely on the surface on your tummy and for the sonographer (doctor performing your ultrasound) to identify the different structures of your baby from various angles. Depending on the type of 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 will be unable to obtain a satisfactory image of the baby. If this happens, the sonographer will recommend performing a transvaginal scan. As the name suggests, this is a more invasive scan, where the transducer, which is no larger than a finger, is gently passed into the vagina. You will be asked to lay on your back while we generate images of your baby and while this may cause some slight discomfort, it 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. Since we use the latest ultrasound equipment, we can perform the scan in any bladder condition. In the past, some ultrasound machines have been unable to produce high-quality images when the mother’s bladder was empty.
This is not the case with the Voluson E10, which is the scanner we use.
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