You are welcome to bring +1 guest (no children currently allowed) to most of our clinics (Oxford is currently unable to accommodate +1 guest). You and your guest are required to wear a mask or face covering, in line with UK government guidance.
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.
Private ultrasound 2D anomaly scan (sometimes called the 20 week or detailed anatomy scan) to evaluate the growth of the baby against the expected gestational age and look at anatomical structures such as the head, chest, heart, stomach, kidneys and limbs. We recommend that you present your anomaly scan results to your usual health care professional whose contact details we take at the time of booking. Your choice of a free rescan is included if your baby’s position is not favourable on the day for the primary purpose of this scan.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic obstetric 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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What does this scan include?
Growth measurement, detailed anatomical check including soft markers for high risk between 19 – 24 weeks gestation. Please note that any ultrasound anomaly screening is not exhaustive to all conditions and that although normality may be seen during your appointment this does not guarantee no abnormalities.
- 40 minute diagnostic appointment
- Full report and supporting images
- Plus complimentary sexing of your baby if desired*
- Plus 4DFREEVIEW™ with 3D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve**
- Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report
Antenatal services similar to our Anomaly Scan maybe available for free at your local NHS facility.
If you would like to know the sex of your baby we will give you our professional opinion with this scan free of charge. If your baby’s position is not favorable to do this on the day however, we cannot offer a free rescan for this purpose.
This scan includes viewing your baby in live 4D from available views and thermal b/w 3D scan prints at no extra charge. Please note that 4DFREEVIEW is a free option and if your baby’s position is not favorable for aesthetics on the day, we cannot offer a free rescan for this reason.
Have your scan images sent to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE Mobile: a safe and secure system for the delivery of ultrasound scan images to your mobile device or email address. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE uses the latest technology to bring you your scan images in a format that can be saved forever or shared on social media at the touch of a button. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE is included with your scan at no extra cost.
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.
Guide to number of guests
From 24th July: 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. For more information please see our COVID-19 Information page.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have an anomaly scan?
The anomaly scan is ideal for parents looking for reassurance or a secondary option when an earlier screening test has not been performed. It is also another opportunity to assess your baby’s well being when an elevated risk has been recorded during an NT scan and an invasive procedure is not your preferred route.
Sometimes called a detailed anatomy scan or the 20 week scan, an anomaly scan looks at the fine details of your baby such as the head, chest, heart, stomach, kidneys and limbs and possible ultrasound “soft markers” - slight deviations from the normal anatomy which may or may not indicate a problem.
What if my scan shows something is wrong or I need help after my appointment?
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.
Are your sonographers qualified?
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.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
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.
Are children welcome in the scan room?
No children will be allowed in clinic until further notice to help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.