simply4D™ Scan




25 to 30 weeks

We have suspended bookings for simply4D Scans until further notice.

This is to help provide more capacity for urgent scan appointments whilst the NHS is under unprecedented pressure. We appreciate your understanding and hope to be able to offer this scan again soon.

Our diagnostic ultrasound services are open and caring for people and we continue to provide our services as a trusted alternative to routine NHS Antenatal diagnostic scans.

We are following all the latest government advice during the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping all our teams updated with information on how to stay safe and protect themselves and customers. 

Our priority is to protect our customers, colleagues and local communities.

Available to women from 16 years of age.

New parents deserve the confidence that their 4D scan is carried out by a healthcare professional so we provide a signed Babybond® wellbeing check with the simply4D scan. 

This 4D baby scan is optimized for fast results and includes printed souvenir images and complimentary sexing if you want to know (we'll keep things hidden if you don't). 

You'll also have the option to buy your images on USB; see simply4D scan media extras below.

Your choice of one free rescan is included if your baby’s position is not favourable on the day.

All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic obstetric scanning experience.

What does this scan include?

Babybond wellbeing check of fetal heartbeat and movement and production of souvenir images using ultrasound between 25 - 30 weeks gestation. Only for single pregnancies – see our 4D bonding scan for multiple pregnancies. 


  • 15 minute diagnostic appointment
  • Babybond wellbeing check
  • 3D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve
  • Plus Complimentary sexing of your baby if requested*
  • Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report.

*Complimentary sexing

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.

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.

simply4D Scan Media Extras

When the primary purpose of your scan is completed, here are some popular recording media extras our simply4D scan clients take home with them:

  • Babybond® USB memory stick of 3D still images (jpeg format), in Babybond bag - £10.00
  • 3D scan colour image gloss prints in sleeve - £5.00
  • 3D scan colour image keyrings - £5.00

Choice of free rescan policy

The quality of your 4d scan is dependant on your baby's position. Whilst obtaining the best results on the day, we may stop scanning and ask you to take a short gentle walk in the local area. If your baby's position is still not favourable, you are entitled to ONE COMPLIMENTARY RESCAN appointment.

Pre-scan preparation

Need to expose abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garment i.e. trousers or skirt and top.

A full bladder is not normally required for this scan.

Guide to number of guests

In line with NHS protocols on COVID-19: no guests will be allowed in to clinic until further notice.

Frequently Asked Question


Why choose to have a 15 minute simply4D scan appointment?  

As our simply4D option name suggests, this is for our clients who simply want pictures of their baby to take home from a short 4D scan, but also feel reassured they are being scanned by a skilled health care professional performing a reliable wellbeing check during the appointment.

This shorter 15 minute 4D scan is available during the "fast yield" 25 to 30 weeks gestation range. 

During this stage, your baby's size and position are very likely ideal for aesthetically pleasing 4D imaging in a shorter time, making it an affordable option for new mums and dads wanting "simply 4D".

Your baby's position, gestational age and maternal BMI are just some of the key factors for obtaining aesthetically pleasing images during your scan. If your baby's position is not favourable on the day, you'll have the option of a free rescan.

Are 4D baby scans considered safe? 

The HPA published a report in February 2010 and considers that parents-to-be should be aware of "uncertainties regarding ultrasound imaging....." when thinking about 4D scans.

All of our 4D scans are professional guideline compliant as reported in our news item from January 2013.

What is the difference between diagnostic and non-diagnostic scans? 

Any pregnancy scans referred to as "non-diagnostic" should be avoided.

It implies that the (diagnostic) ultrasound equipment is not being used in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines, that the person operating it may not be a health care professional or following their duty of care requirements (i.e. ignoring any incidental findings), may not be professionally insured and are ignoring the fundamental safety guideline set out by the DoH in the UK.

All of our pregnancy scans include a minimum of a well-being check, are carried out by health care professionals who will act upon their duty of care with incidental findings and who can write clinical reports.

Our ultrasound systems are sourced through official channels and are set-up and operated to the manufacturer's guidelines.

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!

40 Week Guide

4D Bonding Scan


We also offer a more comprehensive 4D scan from 24-34 weeks

Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE

We use the latest and safest technology to transfer your images to your device so you can share them with loved ones as soon as you leave the clinic


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