The only scan that specifically looks for anomalies is the conventional scan performed by the NHS at around 20 weeks into your pregnancy. Your 4D scan is a self-elective, non-diagnostic scan.
It is important to note that your scan with us is a social scan only, and that finding anomalies is not the primary purpose. If an anomaly is later found that was not originally spotted during your scan with us, we cannot be held responsible.
However, we believe it would be remiss of us to not take the opportunity to check on your baby’s development, so we include a wellbeing scan with every appointment. This scan is not as comprehensive as the 20-week scan, and should not be considered a replacement, but we will check certain vital signs, such as the baby’s position, movement, heartbeat and sometimes measurements.
If we do discover anything that concerns us during this scan, our sonographers are very experienced, and are able to deal with any issues with sensitivity and professionalism. Anything we might find will have to be confirmed by the NHS, and our sonographers will be able to refer you to your midwife or the Pregnancy Assessment Unit straight away.
They will not let you leave without a report, any relevant images, and a plan of where to go, and what to do next.
Some of our clinics offer scans from as early as 6 weeks. At 6 weeks the baby is so small that it will often require the use of a transvaginal (TV) probe, to perform an internal scan.
We will always start the scan using the abdominal probe on your tummy. But if we can’t find the baby, this will not provide the reassurance you are looking for, so we will offer an internal scan.
An internal scan is obviously a very intimate process, but this service is only offered where the sonographer is fully qualified to use the TV probe, and where the correct equipment and infection control measures are in place. So you can rest assured that there is nothing to worry about, the scan is perfectly safe.
If you have any further questions about the internal scan, please contact us.
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