6 to 11 weeks
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 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 first scan include?
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.
- 15 minute diagnostic appointment
- Gestation measurements and heartbeat visualisation
- Report with thermal b/w prints
- Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images
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
Most clinics can comfortably accommodate 5 guests including children for this scan. If you would like to bring more, please contact your chosen clinic when booking to check how many we can accommodate.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have an early pregnancy scan?
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.
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 scan on our website. We only ask that any guests are well behaved: that includes children, excited partners and new grandparents!