Early Reassurance Scan

Early Reassurance Scan / Dating Scan

ALL SCANS WILL BE PERFORMED BY N.H.S. TRAINED SONOGRAPHERS.

The early reassurance scan costs £45.00 and will take place between 7 – 16 weeks of pregnancy. The early reassurance scan will be a 2D abdominal ultrasound scan and it includes your choice of either CD Rom OR 2 x b/w glossy prints.

The purpose of the early reassurance scan is to visually confirm the viability of your pregnancy using ultrasound. This can be reassuring during the first anxious stage of your pregnancy in the early weeks before or after your routine hospital scan.

Your early reassurance scan will therefore:

  • check your baby’s heartbeat
  • check whether the pregnancy is intrauterine (not ectopic)
  • confirm the identification of a single or multiple pregnancy
  • measure baby to confirm gestation and provide you with an estimated due date (EDD)
  • allow you to more accurately plan for additional tests such as Nuchal Translucency

Preparation

As this is an abdominal scan it may be helpful to wear clothing that allows the sonographer easy access to your tummy region.

A full bladder is required for this scan. Please therefore, try and drink around 1 pint of water 1 hour prior to your scan.

We do have the facility to offer an internal scan (transvaginal). This will be determined by the sonographer during your scan and will be offered if the sonographer feels it would be beneficial. It optional and would only be performed with written consent.

Important information:

Sometimes it may be that we are unable to confirm the viability of your pregnancy on the day of your appointment. This may be because:

  • your pregnancy is earlier than you calculated and you are less than 7 weeks gestation (this is especially common with ladies who have an irregular cycle)
  • limited visibility due to a high body mass index (BMI)
  • limited visibility due to a retroverted uterus (when the womb tilts backwards)

If this happens it may be necessary for us to contact your local early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU) or repeat your scan, at no additional cost, around 1-2 weeks later.

What happens if a problem is detected?

Whilst we do not wish to worry you about your pregnancy, sometimes there may be a problem detected that is completely unexpected. It is important for you to understand that if the sonographer believes there is a problem he/she has a ‘duty of care’ to discuss these findings with you in a sensitive way and provide you with as much information as he/she reasonably can.

If necessary and with your permission they may contact your local hospital early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU), maternity unit or your GP so that a medical follow-up can be made. He/she may also write a letter explaining his/her concerns.

Occasionally the sonographer may require s second opinion. This does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong; many scan findings just need a ‘second look’ for reassurance. The sonographer will inform you of any such uncertain findings and discuss what your options are.