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What is this scan for?


An Early Pregnancy Scan provides reassurance in the very early stage of your pregnancy.   A pregnancy can be seen from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period (LMP) and not the date of conception.  If you have had any bleeding or pain or any other symptoms then this scan will accurately confirm viability.


Early Pregnancy Scans are not routinely offered on the NHS but you may have one privately at MIBA Health without affecting your NHS entitlement. Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy (in this case your scan is often called a viability scan) and to calculate the date when your baby is due (usually referred to as a dating scan).  It can also be performed to confirm the results of a pregnancy test or just to provide you with some reassurance that all is progressing as it should be.



What does this scan show?


This scan checks the following to provide reassurance of the early stages of pregnancy:


  • Rule out ectopic pregnancy and check the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus
  • Confirm viability of pregnancy
  • Check there is a heartbeat present
  • Determine whether it is a singleton or multiple pregnancy
  • Bleeding/spotting or any unusual pain



The Ultrasound Scan Procedure


To prepare for this scan, we ask you to drink 1.5 pints of water about 1 hour before the appointment and not to empty your bladder until after the scan. This is because the fluid provides a contrast for the baby scan process and can improve the quality of the images.


Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. During the ultrasound scan, a warm water-based gel is rubbed on the area to be examined and an ultrasound probe is gently moved around to obtain images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.


We will always try to scan on the tummy first but for earlier gestations at 6 or 7 weeks an internal scan may be needed. This will not be harmful in any way to the baby as the smooth probe is gently placed in the vagina and this will be discussed prior to having the scan.


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