Early Scan in Plymouth, Only

£89.00
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Man and Woman looking at a pregnancy test. An Early scan in Plymouth is available from 6 weeks
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Ultrasound scanning in Plymouth

Having an Early Scan in Plymouth?

Welcome to the wonderful world of pregnancy, you and your family must be extremely excited for your future arrival. Following your positive pregnancy test it can feel like a long wait until your routine 12-week scan which is why we offer you an Early Scan in Plymouth to enable you to see your little one for the first time and offer you reassurance.

It is common for parents-to-be to worry about their baby and that all is well prior to the 12-week scan. We understand the importance of seeing your baby for the first time in an environment where you are able to ask questions in our comfortable and caring Plymouth clinic.

What is included in our Early Scan in Plymouth package?

  • 20-minute diagnostic Early Scan appointment in our Plymouth clinic (compared to less time with competitors)
  • Book from just 6 weeks’ gestation
  • Baby heartbeat check
  • Gestation measurement
  • Gloss photo prints to take away on the day
  • Sonographer's Report
Our Early Scan in Plymouth is available to women of 16 years of age and over and is a very popular scan of choice for parents-to-be before their routine 12-week NHS scan. An Early Scan, sometimes called your first scan or dating scan, will normally start with an abdominal scan (through the tummy), followed by an internal scan with your consent, if necessary.

The Early Scan can be booked from 6 weeks’ gestation (or 6 weeks from the first day of your last period) as this is the earliest we can detect your baby’s heartbeat using an internal scan. We do recommend that the scan is performed from 7 weeks in case there is any uncertainty over your dates.

Healthcare professional regulated

The Care Quality Commission regulate our services as defined by our senior clinical and medical staff* who in turn regularly audit our Plymouth Sonographers. All of our local healthcare professionals are fully qualified so you can feel confident when you book your Early Scan in Plymouth.

*The Care Quality Commission requires Company Directors to be “fit and proper persons” for all Diagnostic and Screening businesses.

How to find us for your Early Scan in Plymouth

Devonshire Villa, 52 Stuart Road, Plymouth, PL3 4EE DirectionsTelephone: 01752 600067

More detail on our Early Scan in Plymouth

The purpose of the Early Scan is to confirm the pregnancy is in the right place, whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy and to estimate how many weeks’ pregnant you are by taking a measurement.

To confirm the viability of the baby the Sonographer will look for a heartbeat and take an M.Mode trace of the heart beating. We will also check your ovaries and the surrounding area to establish everything is as it should be.

The Early Scan is a 20-minute appointment, which does include the reception and reporting time. If everything looks okay and the Sonographer can see the heartbeat from the abdominal scan we will not need to perform an internal scan, and your scan time may actually be shorter. For more information on this please speak to your Sonographer or Clinical Assistant at your appointment.

You will need to have a full bladder for the abdominal scan, so we ask you to drink 0.5L of clear fluids about an hour before your appointment and not go to the toilet before the scan. If an internal scan is necessary the procedure will be explained to you in full before we ask for your consent, and you will be able to empty your bladder.

If we cannot confirm the viability of the pregnancy at your Early Scan you will be offered a rescan 1-2 weeks later for reassessment.
Our rescan policy for an Early scan in Plymouth

Our rescan policy

The quality of your Early Scan in Plymouth is important to us. If, in our healthcare professional’s opinion, we’re not able to complete the primary purpose of your scan we may offer you the option of a free rescan appointment. If this is not possible for any reason, other options will be discussed with you.
Appointment times and actual scanning times for your Early Scan

Appointment times and actual scanning time

As a professional organisation we carefully operate following the As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle as recommend by the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This ensures that we use the minimum ultrasound scanning exposure time and system settings to fulfil the primary purpose of the Early Scan.
Pre scan preparation requirements for your Early Scan

Pre-scan preparation

We like you to feel as comfortable as possible during your Early Scan in Plymouth. We recommend that you wear a two-piece garment to enable the Sonographer to get to your tummy. We would like you to arrive with something in your bladder, preferably 0.5 Ltr or 1 pint of clear fluid. Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
Guide to the number of guests you can have at your Early Scan

Guide to number of guests

Plymouth clinic can comfortably accommodate 5 guests including children for this scan. Early Scan appointments can often require a trans vaginal scan, so we do recommend that children are supervised by an adult. If you would like to bring more guests, please contact your chosen clinic when booking to check how many we can accommodate.

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Ultrasound Direct are in their 20th year of caring and performing baby scans nationwide

Ultrasound Direct have 20 years' experience in caring and performing baby scans for parents