Ultrasound Scans vary in time based on the part of the body being scanned and what the sonographer is looking for.
Peek A Baby appointments can last from 15 to 40 minutes depending on which scan package you have chosen.
Early Pregnancy Reassurance Scans usually consist of 5 minutes of ultrasound scanning time, but the appointment can take up to 15 minutes due to visibility and preparing your diagnostic report. Within the scanning time, provided you are 6 weeks pregnant or more, the sonographer should be able to:
- Confirm the results of the pregnancy test
- Ensure that the pregnancy is located within the uterus
- Confirm the number of pregnancies
- Measure the gestational age of the baby
- Offer an estimated due date
- Confirm the presence of a heartbeat.
Early Pregnancy Reassurance Scans may also require a re-scan, as there is a possibility that the embryo may be too small to visualise in an ultrasound scan on the day you have come.
The Gender Scan is 5 to 10 minutes of scanning time with the appointment overall around 20 minutes, provided the baby is in a suitable position and that there is a suitable amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, ensuring a clear image.
For 4D ultrasound scans, the appointments can last up to 40 minutes, sometimes more in the event that we need you to take a walk or have something to eat, in order to move the baby into a more favourable position. Scanning time itself, again depending upon the package, can be up to 25 minutes. All 4D ultrasound scans include:
- A well-being check of the baby
- In the more extensive packages, growth measurements are also taken. (These measurements require a lot of focus as they are diagnostic and must be done accurately, thus increasing scanning time).
Our three clinics are located in Birmingham, Bromsgrove and London. Across all three, we strive to provide a scanning service that helps you obtain an accurate scan whilst enjoying your pregnancy journey with loved ones. To book an appointment at your local clinic, get in touch below or give us a call today!