Growth / Presentation Scan

Growth Scan £45

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

The growth scan takes place at around 24-34 weeks of pregnancy and is a 2D abdominal ultrasound scan.

Your growth scan will include your choice of either CD Rom or 2 6×4” black and white glossy prints for you to take away and cherish forever.

The purpose of the growth scan is to check fetal growth and to give you an estimated weight of your baby.

Your growth scan will therefore be:

  • Measurements of your baby’s head, abdomen and thigh bone to calculate the estimated growth of your baby compared to your due date to help determine that the growth of your baby is within normal range.
  • Placenta site will be checked.
  • The amount of amniotic fluid around your baby will be checked.
  • Sexing of the baby or confirmation of sex if requested.

Preparation

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

Important information:

Sometimes it may not be possible to obtain all the measurements due to baby’s position if this happens we may ask you to go for a short walk and have something to eat and drink and return to be rescanned.

What happens is 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 tell you these findings with you in a sensitive way and provide you with as much information as he/she reasonably can.

If necessary and with you permission they may contact your local hospitals 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 a 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.