16 to 40 weeks
The number of guests you may bring to your scan varies in each location, in line with local government recommendations. Please check your location here to confirm the number of guests who can attend before booking.
Available to women from 16 years of age.
This ultrasound scan is recommended especially for women with a history of late miscarriage, multiple pregnancy or have previously had surgery on the cervix. It is performed trans-vaginally to obtain optimum clarity and results and can be part of a monitoring process for premature labour prevention.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic scanning experience.
What does this scan include?
Perform an internal ultrasound scan to measure and assess the cervix between 16 - 40 weeks gestation.
- Length measurement of the cervix
- Assessment for signs of an incompetent cervix where it begins to dilate
- Babybond wellbeing check and 2D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve of your baby
- Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report
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.
A trans-vaginal scan with consent.
Need to remove bottom half of clothing so ideally wear a skirt or dress or bottoms that are easy to remove.
Please empty your bladder prior to examination.
Maintain normal medication.
Guide to number of guests
You and your 3 guests (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
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?
Yes! The number of guests you can bring in for a scan is listed with the scan on our website. We only ask that any guests are well behaved: that includes children, excited partners and new grandparents!