Test and scans Baby scanning pregnancy ultrasound Ultrasound has become a routine part of the care of pregnant women enabling obstetricians and pregnant women insight into the development and appearance of the unborn baby. Contact us phone From examining the baby for normal development, through to sexing the baby, estimating the baby's size and providing 3D and 4D images, modern ultrasound equipment and technical expertise enables women to avail themselves of a full pregnancy ultrasound service.
Early pregnancy scans These scans are performed for several reasons. The principal reason is for reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing satisfactorily and that the baby's heartbeat is present. The age of the pregnancy is easily determined through ultrasound measurement and the presence of one, two or more babies is established. The examination is usually carried out by scanning through the abdomen but if the pregnancy is very early, scanning via a probe inserted into the vagina may be appropriate transvaginal ultrasound.
This scan is of value to any woman who may have concerns about her pregnancy, who is unsure of how far along she is or simply wishes to see the pregnancy progressing. Nuchal scan - The combined ultrasound and biochemistry scan CUBS This assessment is for women who wish to have a screening test for the prediction of a baby with Down's Syndrome. Click here to find out more. Detailed scan also called 'fetal anomaly' or '20 week' scan The majority of babies develop normally in the womb but a small percentage are affected by either minor or major problems.
Knowledge of such developmental problems can be invaluable in planning the appropriate care for the pregnancy. Equally, the absence of any abnormalities or problems on the scan can be a source of much re-assurance to the expectant parents.
Reassurance This ultrasound examination serves to perform a full assessment of the baby's development in order to reassure the parents that the organs have formed normally. This includes an examination of the major organs such as the brain, face, spine, heart, stomach, kidneys, bladder, upper and lower limbs and genitalia sexing if requested.
The examination is best conducted at between 20 and 24 weeks but can be performed at any stage of pregnancy beyond 18 weeks. Recommendations It is recommended by the HeaIth Technology Assessment, an evaluation carried out by the Health Department of the Scottish Executive published in www. Detailed scans are currently routinely available in some but not all Scottish maternity units. Limitations It is important to understand that it is not possible to diagnose all abnormalities using ultrasound.
Factors which influence the quality of the image obtained are the age of the pregnancy better at 22 weeks than 18 , the position of the baby and the patient's bodyweight image quality tends to be poorer if the woman is heavy. If the views are not adequate, this will be explained by the consultant and arrangements made for a repeat examination.
In the unusual situation where an abnormality is found or suspected, the significance of this will be explained and a plan of management discussed. Smiling, yawning and sucking is often seen depending on how awake or asleep the baby is. If it is not possible to obtain satisfactory images which is very unusual for whatever reason then we will make arrangements for a further scan or adjust the charge depending on your preference.
A report from the scan is produced as usual. Growth and wellbeing scan When is this done? This scan concentrates on performing measurements of the head, waist, and thigh bone.
It is possible to estimate the baby's weight using these measurements. Wellbeing The baby's wellbeing is assessed by examining the amount of fluid around the baby and the function of he placenta 'afterbirth' using a technique called Doppler ultrasound.
Doppler measures the pattern blood flow in the baby's umbilical cord. Find your nearest hospital that provides this test Search by postcode, town or area.