Your scans

All women will be offered ultrasound scans of their baby at around 12 and 20 weeks. Ultrasound scanning has been used extensively in pregnancy and is accepted to be safe. This scan also measures the baby and estimates how many weeks pregnant you are. If you are more than 8 weeks pregnant this is an accurate calculation, and will be used to estimate the date your baby is due to be born known as estimated date of delivery or EDD. This is discussed in more detail here. This is a screening test that checks for possible physical problems with your baby.

Baby Scans: An overview of pregnancy ultrasounds

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The first is usually at around weeks and is sometimes called the dating Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb.

This scan will be your first glimpse at your developing baby and we can accurately give you your due date of your baby. Measurements are taken such that the dates of the pregnancy can be confirmed or determined. Other information obtained includes whether the pregnancy is in the uterus or outside the uterus an ectopic pregnancy , how many embryos there are, and whether there are any complications surrounding the pregnancy at this early stage. The ovaries and kidneys are also examined. When you arrive for your scan you will be asked to fill out a form about when your last menstrual cycle took place if known and some other details relevant to the scan.

You will be asked to lie on the table and to expose your tummy and a towel will be tucked into your pants to limit spread of the gel onto your clothes. The gel that we use is water-soluble so it does not stain your clothes. It can just be a bit sticky! Clear gel is applied to your tummy and the sonographer moves the probe over your tummy recording images.

Your screening choices

It is important that you read the booklet and inform your midwife of any relevant conditions that may occur in you, your partner or your immediate families. You will be offered two routine scans during your pregnancy. First trimester scan weeks : This scan is to confirm the pregnancy and calculate an accurate due date. It will also establish whether it is a singleton or a twin pregnancy and a basic anatomy check is performed.

Dating/DS scan (approximately 12 weeks gestation): Provide an estimated due Black and white images are only available for these 2 scans at a cost of £5 for.

Early Pregnancy Ultrasound is used to confirm dates of conception and assess the early health of your pregnancy. This scan is usually carried out at around 8 weeks of your pregnancy. It may also be helpful to perform an internal scan transvaginal scan. Both types of scan are safe, and are carried out with minimal discomfort.

We require you to have a full bladder during this scan. Please drink one litre of water one hour before your appointment and try your best not to empty your bladder. If you experience difficulty doing this, please talk to us at the time of booking. You are not permitted to take photos or video during the scan. This is a medical procedure, and whilst we appreciate you are excited, the health of your baby is our primary concern and we ask for your support and understanding during this clinical appointment.

Due to the medical nature of the appointment we ask that you are accompanied by one person. Your Ultrasound will be performed by a Sonographer. They are specially trained medical professionals who perform ultrasounds.

Scans during pregnancy

Now comes the moment when you might get to see your baby for the first time — the week scan. We run through what scans are and what to expect on the day. This is often just called a scan. The scan builds a picture from the way high-frequency sound waves from a probe passed over your tummy reflect off your baby in your womb Whitworth et al, ; NHS, a; NHS, b.

Dating/nuchal scan; Mid trimester anatomy scan; 36 week scan Ultrasound scans are available at both the John Radcliffe (JR) Hospital and the Horton.

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Ultrasound scans use sound waves to create a picture of your baby on a TV screen. The scans are safe and can be carried out at any stage of your pregnancy. Most ultrasounds done during your pregnancy are ‘transabdominal ultrasounds’. This means that the probe of the scan is rubbed gently on your tummy to produce a picture of the baby on the screen. If you are very early on in your pregnancy 6 to 12 weeks or if you have certain medical conditions such as complications with your cervix the neck of your womb you may need to have a ‘transvaginal ultrasound scan’.

This means that the probe of the scan is placed gently inside your vagina. This is safe for your baby and can be the best way to get a clear view of your baby’s heartbeat in the first trimester, especially between 6 to 12 weeks. Ultrasounds are usually performed by specially trained radiographers or sonographers, midwives or obstetricians.

Ultrasound-Obstetric screening tests

Ultrasound scans can tell you lots of information about your baby. They check that they are growing and developing normally, using sound waves to build a picture of your baby in your womb. They have no known side effects on mothers or babies and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy. Scans are performed by radiographers or midwives who are specially trained in ultrasound. This will involve a small amount of cold gel being put on your tummy and a hand-held probe being rolled over your skin to get various views of your baby.

The main aim of this scan is to date your pregnancy and confirm how many babies you are carrying.

Early pregnancy scans (booked via EPGA); Dating scans (to include Scan pictures of your baby are available to purchase after your scan.

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Obstetric ultrasound, also known as prenatal or pregnancy ultrasound, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of a developing embryo or fetus. Your doctor will use information from obstetric ultrasounds to track pregnancy progress, gestational age and help predict delivery dates. During an obstetric ultrasound, you will be on a bed, usually on your back. You may be asked to change position during your scan. Changing position helps move your organs and the fetus into a better position so the sonographer can capture high-quality images.

If you have an Alberta Health Care card or valid health care card from out of province, there is no cost for an obstetric ultrasound except in Quebec.

Ultrasound scanning has been used extensively in pregnancy and is accepted to be safe. an accurate calculation, and will be used to estimate the date your baby is due to be born (known as Scan photos are sold at £3 each or £5 for two​.

Following the latest government instructions on social distancing, we can confirm that patients with medical appointments should still attend, unless they have been informed otherwise by the hospital. When moving around the hospital, please maintain social distancing at all times. Restricted arrangements for visiting patients remain in place — click here for more details.

Unless you have a medical appointment, need to attend the Emergency Department or are visiting a patient in accordance with our restricted visiting arrangements, please do not come to the hospital site. We are providing the same urgent and emergency care for children as we always do. Click here for more advice. Read the latest NHS guidance.

Time for your 12-week scan? Here’s what to expect…

A dating scan is an ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and your due date. Read on for more information about what a dating scan offers. A dating scan might be recommended before 12 weeks to confirm your due date if you are unsure of your last menstrual period or your date of conception.

What scans to expect during your pregnancy. Dating Scan – All pregnant women are offered an ultrasound scan at around 11 weeks and two days and 14 weeks.

Coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation, to find out the latest information and how this might affect your visit to hospital – please click here. Our opening times are: Monday to Friday am to pm Telephone: What services do we provide? We see all women who have chosen to have their baby at Barnsley Hospital. Please book in at the maternity reception where you will be directed to the scan department. Please ensure you attend on time and have followed any preparation instructions highlighted on your appointment letter.

Your scan will be performed by sonographers who are highly trained and skilled in ultrasound techniques. Both male and female sonographers work in the department. Please be aware that the purpose of your anatomy scan is not to determine the gender of your baby. This is an important scan to look at the structure and development of your baby and several checks and measurements are undertaken. If you do wish to find out the sex of your baby, the sonographer will communicate this verbally directly to mum at the time of your scan.

Please note we will not write down the sex of your baby for the purpose of gender reveals. Scan pictures of your baby are available to purchase after your scan. The payment kiosk accepts cash, card, Apple pay and Android pay.

12 WEEK PREGNANCY SCAN AND SCREENING