Ultrasound has revolutionized the care of women during pregnancy and in the UK, is a routine part of care, usually performed when a woman first attends the antenatal clinic and often again at 18 to 22 weeks of pregnancy.An ultrasound examination is a painless, usually non-invasive, procedure.
With your permission, we will also contact your local hospital’s Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit or your GP so that further medical follow-up can be made and issue a report which you can either take with you or we can fax to the relevant professional.
Babyvision uses excellent quality ultrasound equipment to obtain the best images, however, if you attend Babyvision and your pregnancy is earlier than 6 weeks gestation or we are unable to confirm an early viable pregnancy due to reduced image quality (which may happen if the uterus is retroverted which means tilted back or have a high BMI) we may offer a transvaginal (internal) scan during your appointment.
A transvaginal scan is sometimes used in early pregnancy because you can get a clearer ultrasound image at an earlier geatation. The ultrasound probe is a similar size and shape to a tampon and this is gently inserted into the vagina. This equipment is available at Babyvision and is an essential facility when providing early scans.
The benefits of the transvaginal scan will be discussed with you in full if we are unable to confirm a pregnancy with the heart beat from the abdominal scan.
There are several methods of performing the examination depending on the part of the body being examined.
When you arrive for a scan you may be shown to a cubicle and asked to take off your outer clothing down to your underwear and put on a hospital gown.
Whether you have to undress or not will depend on the part of your body to be scanned.
You will be taken into the scanning room and asked to lie on a couch next to the ultrasound machine.
If a problem is detected whilst we do not wish to worry you about your pregnancy we think it is important for you to have the knowledge that you will be looked after carefully and professionally.
If a problem is detected during your scan we will discuss the findings with you in a sensitive way and provide you with as much information as we can.