You and your +1 guest (no children currently allowed) are required to wear a mask or face covering when attending appointments at Ultrasound Direct clinics, in line with UK government guidance. If you attend without a suitable face covering single-use masks are available to buy at the time of your appointment, subject to availability.
We are co-operating with the NHS Contact Tracing service, so you may like to download the NHS COVID-19 app before attending your appointment. On arrival you can scan the QR code when entering the clinic. This will help trace and stop COVID-19.
Available to women from 16 years of age.
Babybond® 4D bonding scans are the original and most popular in the UK. We've successfully performed hundreds of thousands since 2003. Many new parents seek reassurance that their baby's growth is checked by a healthcare professional during a 4D scan, it's why our 4D bonding scans include a growth report and estimated fetal weight as well as beautiful 4D ultrasound imaging. We include showing you the sex of your baby at no extra charge, but if you don't want to know, we can keep things hidden.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with obstetric ultrasound scanning experience.
Ultrasound Direct is offering COVID-19 Antibody Tests at clinics across the UK and Northern Ireland to help you establish whether you have had and recovered from COVID-19.
Find out more and book your COVID-19 Antibody Test today:
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During this lockdown period, the primary purpose of all our scans will continue to be ensuring yours and your baby’s well-being. 4D Bonding and the Gender of your baby will be attempted where possible but will not be re-booked during the lockdown period if we are unable to achieve this at the time of your initial scan. A free re-scan will be booked after lockdown.
The quality of your 4d scan is dependant on your baby's position. Whilst obtaining the best results on the day, we may stop scanning and ask you to take a short gentle walk in the local area. If, in our healthcare professional’s opinion, we’re not able to complete the primary purpose of your scan because your baby's position is still not favourable, we may offer you the option of a free rescan appointment. If this is not possible due to your gestation, other options will be discussed with you.
Please note that during the pandemic, we may not be asking clients to take a gentle walk unless clinic times allow. If your baby is not in a favourable position, you will be re-booked for a free rescan. This ensures that we keep you and other clients safe by avoiding multiple people in the clinic at any one time.
The number and length of 4D clips are determined by your baby’s position on the day and our compliance with professional safety guidelines. We therefore operate the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle i.e. we use the minimum ultrasound scanning exposure time and system settings to fulfill the primary purpose of the scan and always endeavor to provide you with a satisfying and varied amount of recordings on the day. Appointment times include acknowledging informed consent to the scan, the appropriate pre and post scan advice being given to you where necessary as well as the actual scanning time on the couch.
Not sure if 4D scans are for you? See our 4DFREEVIEW™ option here ...
Need to expose abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.
A full bladder is not normally required for this scan.
The HPA published a report in February 2010 and considers that parents-to-be should be aware of "uncertainties regarding ultrasound imaging....." when thinking about 4D scans.
All of our 4D scans are professional guideline compliant as reported in our news item from January 2013.
Any pregnancy scans referred to as "non-diagnostic" should be avoided.
It implies that the (diagnostic) ultrasound equipment is not being used in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines, that the person operating it may not be a health care professional or following their duty of care requirements (i.e. ignoring any incidental findings), may not be professionally insured and are ignoring the fundamental safety guideline set out by the DoH in the UK.
All of our pregnancy scans include a minimum of a well-being check, are carried out by health care professionals who will act upon their duty of care with incidental findings and who can write clinical reports.
Our ultrasound systems are sourced through official channels and are set-up and operated to the manufacturer's guidelines.
Very rarely, there may be a problem that is totally unexpected and we are the bearers of bad news.
Never easy to hear, we will ensure you have the time, support and a plan of care arranged. We will continue our course of support for as long as you need us.
If you become concerned about any aspect of your scan, the images and recordings you have taken home or you wish to make a complaint, you can contact the clinic where you had your scan and our staff will discuss any concerns that you may have.
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.
We use the latest and safest technology to transfer your images to your device so you can share them with loved ones as soon as you leave the clinic