About this service

Private scans

We can offer additional scans during your pregnancy, which are not provided as part of NHS maternity care.  There is a charge for these extra scans.

Imagine having an image of your developing baby which is so clear that you can see face and features in amazing detail. That’s our 3D baby scan service.

Then imagine that as you watch your baby move as we scan, we capture it on video and let you keep it forever – that’s our extra-special 4D baby scanning.

We also offer ‘reassurance’ scans, if you just want to know that all is OK with your pregnancy. Our reassurance scans are standard 2D ultrasound scans, but can provide peace of mind between your routine antenatal ones.

Your scans will be stored on our secure server following NHS guidelines for data storage.

Our range of scans

  • Early pregnancy reassurance scans: 7 – 14 weeks
  • Reassurance scan later in pregnancy: 14 weeks on
  • 3D / 4D scan: 24 – 32 weeks for best image quality

What makes our service special

The scans are performed by a consultant obstetrician, so you can be assured of high technical ability and knowledge.  You also have the peace of mind that, if you have any queries about the scan, or if a concern or problem is detected, our consultant is in the best position possible to make arrangements for any necessary tests.

No GP or midwife referral is necessary.

Having a scan with us does not affect your NHS scans already requested or agreed by your healthcare professional

You will be provided with a structured report of your scan which can be incorporated into your handheld notes, which you can then share with your healthcare professional

Preparing for your scan

To get the best possible image of your baby, it is best not to use moisturising cream on your bump for a couple of weeks before your appointment.  This will avoid a build-up of cream that may prevent us from obtaining a clear image.

On the day of your appointment you will need to bring along your handheld notes so that we can have full information about your pregnancy.

For scans before 14 weeks gestation you may be asked to wait and drink enough fluid to fill your bladder, or be offered a transvaginal scan.

For scans after 14 weeks, you will not need to have a full bladder.

Where do I go?

We will perform your scan in our ultrasound department, which is on the ground floor of the maternity block at Ipswich Hospital.

During your scan

Your scan will be performed by a consultant obstetrician.  There will also be a chaperone available.

During your 30-minute session, you can have family members in the room with you.  We do limit this to your partner, your children and one other relative or friend at a time.

What will I be able to take home?

All of our 3D and 4D baby scans are given to you on a ‘Precious Memory’ memory stick, so that you can view and share the images and / or video clip with family, friends and loved ones.

Our prices

Early pregnancy scan
Reassurance scan
4D scan
Additional ‘Precious Memory’ USB memory stick
Replacement images


Call 01473 702 662 or email the 3D and 4D scan team if you have any unanswered questions.

Call 01473 702 662 to book for 3D, 4D or reassurance scans.

When booking your appointment you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit.  However, we recognise that things sometimes don’t go as planned and you may need to change the appointment. That’s fine – your deposit will be held for future appointments.

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