Who will perform the scans in your clinic?
All our Sonographers are fully qualified and experienced in Obstetrics & Gynaecology to conduct the scans. All of our sonographers have several years’ experience conducting scans, and many have also worked in the NHS. Therefore you can rest assured you and your baby are in safe hands.
What can I expect to see in the Early Pregnancy Viability scan?
This will be dependent on how many weeks pregnant you are. The fetal pole starts to have heart pulsation which can be seen flickering at six weeks. We recommend the Transvaginal scan (internal scan) to achieve a clearer view. This procedure is not painful and does not harm the baby or increase the risk of miscarriage. At this stage it not always possible to see the baby through the tummy due to various factors such as the fetal pole itself being very small, a retroverted uterus (tilted uterus), poorly filled bladder, fibroid, overlying bowel gas and maternal habitus.
The fetal pole has a head and body at 8 weeks and can be seen more clearly. Therefore we will be able see Trans abdominally (tummy) in most cases. Again the factors mentioned above may sometimes affect whether a clear view of heart pulsation can be seen, therefore the Sonographer would recommend an internal scan to obtain a clearer view.
What can I expect to see in the Gender scan?
We will be able to determine the gender in almost all cases however if our Sonographer is unable to see or is unsure, Baby Moments will offer you a free second visit. We will also measure your baby and provide you with a report on your baby’s progress. We can never quote 100% accuracy even if we obtain an obvious view of the gender. We can also show you the 3D view of your baby if he or she is in a good position.
We will be able to hide the gender if you do not wish to know.
What can I expect to see in a 3D / 4D HD-Live Bonding scans?
Our sonographer will start the scan in 2D to get orientated to see how your baby is lying and before changing into 3D/4D views. The special probe and the software in the equipment processes the image from 2D to 3D/ 4D. We generally recommend having a 4D between 26 – 32 weeks. You will be able to capture some great views of your baby yawning, sucking their thumb/toe, opening their eyes, smiling and even frowning! We also measure your baby and provide you with a report on their progress.
What if you see a problem during my visit?
All of our Sonographers are fully qualified and therefore if they spot any abnormality they will write a report for you along with the supporting images to pass on to your healthcare provider (GP / Midwife) for further care. Our sonographers will be happy to speak to your healthcare provider if they wish to discuss the findings. Our scans do not replace your routine 12 weeks Down’s Screening / Dating 1st trimester scan and 20 weeks Anomaly scan, therefore please attend these at your chosen hospital.
Is 2D/3D/4D ultrasound scanning safe for my baby?
At Baby Moments we use GE E8 for scanning in our clinic. This equipment is widely used in hospitals and the intensity and power remains the same when changing from 2D to 3D/4D imaging. It is the software used in GE E8 that processes the images to obtain the 3D & 4D views. All our sonographers are fully qualified and experienced in using the equipment. There has been no proven evidence of risk known to affect both the mother and baby. Ultrasound had been widely used throughout the world for at least 50 years in the medical practise. HPA had published a report in 2012 regarding the safety of ultrasound – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ultrasound-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-the-impact-of-exposure/ultrasound-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-impact-of-exposure
Further information regarding the safety of ultrasound please visit http://www.bmus.org/policies-guides/pg-safety05.asp