IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START THE BONDING EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR BABY
We know that the earliest stages of your pregnancy can be tense, but it can also be a wonderful and exciting time.
You may be experiencing morning sickness and cravings, but your greatest concern will be that your little one is doing well. And that’s what our early ultrasound scans provide: the reassurance and peace of mind that comes with knowing your baby is safe and sound.
From as early as 6 weeks into your pregnancy, you can start seeing the signs of a viable pregnancy, where your bonding experience begins.
WHAT DO YOU GET WITH YOUR EARLY PREGNANCY SCAN WITH IMAGINATAL?
A qualified and HCPC registered sonographer
A free rescan should you be too early to see what we need to see
See and listen to the baby’s heartbeat
We will date the pregnancy to let you know how far along you are
We will establish if the baby is in the right place
We will establish the number of babies you are having
1 print in 2D black/white
A scan report
All digital images emailed after the scan for free
HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE?
You’ll be asked to drink a litre of clear fluid about an hour before your scan
It’s important not to urinate prior to your appointment. A full bladder helps us get the best view possible of your baby
It’s a good idea to wear an outfit that allows easy access to your abdomen -such as a loose-fitting blouse or shirt
In the event we cannot get a clear image via your abdomen, an internal (transvaginal) scan may be offered. But don’t worry; we’ll explain this in full to you at the time, if it is needed
You will be greeted by one of our friendly receptionists.
You will be asked to fill in our consent form and will be given a copy of our Terms and Conditions.
We will also ask for some extra details about your pregnancy to ensure our sonographer and team are completely informed about the reason for your visit.
You and your family can then just relax before going into the scan room.
Your scan will be conducted by one of our expert sonographers.
YOUR EARLY VIABILITY SCAN APPOINTMENT: WHAT TO EXPECT
After your scan you can choose any images you would like us to print for you.
How early can I have a pregnancy scan?The earliest scan you can have an early pregnancy scan is from 6 weeks. Earlier than that and we might not be able to detect the baby’s heartbeat.
How accurate are early pregnancy scans?The early assurance scans are highly accurate when performed at the appropriate stage of the pregnancy (from 6 weeks onwards). The accuracy also relies on the scan being performed by competent and qualified sonographers. Early pregnancy scans are especially accurate when performed trans-vaginally because the scan images obtained in this manner can show a significant amount of miniature developmental details of the early pregnancy stages.
Are early pregnancy scans safe?Early pregnancy scans are performed by ultrasound, just like any other pregnancy scan. The only difference with early scans is that they are often transvaginal as opposed to abdominal – the procedure is completely safe for mother and baby.
When will I get the results for my reassurance scan?You will get the results of your ultrasound the same day as your appointment. You will also receive a typed report on email to keep for your records.
Can early ultrasound scan detect if I have twins?Yes, during in your early scan, you will be able to find out how many babies you will be expecting.
If the early pregnancy scan shows my baby is more likely to have a condition, what happens next?We have clear referral procedures to the NHS Trust Hospitals. To pursue the referral pathway, we contact the EPM Department at your trust hospital on your behalf, initially. Then we give you their contact number and our official referral form to present to them.
Can I find out the gender of my baby during early pregnancy scan?No, you will not be able to find out the gender of your baby during an early scan. You will be able to find out the gender of your baby from 15 weeks and 4 days.
When do you recommend having an early scan to learn as much as possible about my baby?We recommend that an early scan should only be performed 6 weeks after the first day of your menstrual cycle. Ultrasound is not able to demonstrate conclusive results of a viable pregnancy prior to this time. Attending an early assurance scan too soon can result in causing unwarranted worry since the results on the day would be inconclusive and require a second visit to the clinic for a reassessment. It’s important to just ensure you book the scan at the correct time frame to get the most reassurance and information about the pregnancy.
Can an early scan detect my baby’s heartbeat?Yes, from 6 weeks' gestation we will be able to detect your baby’s heartbeat via a transvaginal ultrasound. This is completely safe for your baby when performed with the correct equipment and by a competent sonographer.
If I can’t see my baby during early scan, what happens next?If you can’t see your baby during your early scan, we will organise a rebooking of your scan completely free of charge.