12 to 16 weeks
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 dating scan (sometimes called 12 week scan or booking scan). We recommend that you present your dating scan 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.
What does this scan include?
Determination of fetal gestation, dating of pregnancy, single or multiple pregnancy confirmation using ultrasound between 12 – 16 weeks gestation, no sexing. May involve transvaginal/internal scanning.
- 15 minute diagnostic appointment
- Standard dating measurement
- Report and thermal b/w prints
- Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report.
Antenatal services similar to our Dating Scan maybe available for free at your local NHS facility.
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
You and up to 5 guests are required to wear a mask or face covering when attending appointments at Ultrasound Direct clinics, in line with the NHS and UK government guidance for enclosed spaces. Numbers of guests may be restricted in some areas; for more information please see our COVID-19 Information page.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have a dating scan?
A dating scan (sometimes called a booking scan) will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are and if you are having one or more babies.
Like an early pregnancy scan, it will also tell you if your pregnancy is ongoing or not.
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?
Yes! The number of guests you can bring in for a scan is listed with the type of scan on our website. We only ask that any guests are well behaved: that includes children, excited partners and new grandparents!