Dating and Viability Pregnancy Scan. What do we look for?
- The scan will confirm that you are pregnant.
- The number of babies you are carrying
- It will also confirm that the pregnancy is intrauterine i.e. growing in the womb.
- By six to seven weeks it is possible to detect the baby´s heart beat
- Measurements of your baby will allow us to determine how many weeks pregnant you are.
Your baby will be measured (crown to rump length) and your uterus and the yolk sac positions will be checked. Your ovaries will also be checked and you will be given a Pregnancy Progress report and four 2D thermal images to take away. A clear explanation of the procedure and what has been found during the scan will be given to you by your sonographer throughout the scan. Scans at this stage in pregnancy are a useful test for women experiencing bleeding or pain. Women who have previously had a miscarriage may also find an early scan reassuring.
Transvaginal (internal) Ultrasound Scans
We will perform the scan through your abdomen (tummy) but sometimes it is necessary to perform an internal (transvaginal) scan to get better pictures. An internal scan requires a sterile ultrasound probe to be placed a short way into the vagina. This will only be performed with your consent and the sonographer will fully explain the procedure.