You are welcome to bring up to 5 guests to most of our clinics (local restrictions apply; see our COVID-19 Information page for further information). You and your guests are required to wear a mask or face covering within our clinics, in line with the NHS and UK government guidance for enclosed spaces.
Available to women from 16 years of age.
Private ultrasound early pregnancy scan (sometimes called viability scan, early scan or first scan). We recommend that you present your first scan pregnancy results to your usual healthcare professional whose contact details we take at the time of booking. Your choice of a free rescan may be appropriate if we are unable to perform the primary purpose of this scan.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic obstetric scanning experience.
Determine the viability of an early pregnancy using ultrasound, single or multiple pregnancy between 6 – 11 weeks gestation, no sexing. May involve transvaginal/internal scanning.
Need to expose abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.
Drink 0.5 Ltr (1 pint) clear fluid approx 1 hour before appointment time.
Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
You may have chosen to have an early pregnancy scan (sometimes called viability or early scan) to either confirm you are pregnant or to find out if you are still pregnant.
Most of the time, the scan will be able to reassure you at the time it is carried out, that you have an on-going pregnancy and all is well. Occasionally, it is not easy to see clearly if your pregnancy is a viable one and, more sadly in a few pregnancies, the scan will show you that the baby has died and the pregnancy will not continue.
Whatever happens, we will be there to plan your care and support in everyway we can.
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.
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
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