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What can I expect at a pregnancy scan?

  • Your examination will be performed by a sonographer
  • The sonographer will apply a clear gel to the skin of your tummy to allow a small hand-held probe to slide over
  • Ultrasound is safe to use in pregnancy (and at any age from birth to the elderly)
  • We welcome one adult to accompany you during your ultrasound examination

Having a scan in pregnancy is usually a happy event.

However, please remember that this is a screening test and that occasionally abnormalities are detected.

Pregnancy scans include:

  • Dating scan/Nuchal translucency scan (to screen for Downs syndrome)
  • Mid-pregnancy anomaly scan

Some people are offered more scans, depending on their health and their pregnancy.

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