Dating Scan

9 weeks to 15 weeks + 6 days


This Dating Scan is to:  

  • confirm fetal gestation 

  • confirm viability 

  • date your pregnancy 

  • check if it’s a single or multiple pregnancy


Your Dating Scan

This scan, available from 9 weeks to 15 weeks + 6 days, is performed by one of our qualified sonographers with diagnostic scanning experience. It includes:  

  • 15-minute diagnostic appointment 
    The 15 minutes includes your arrival at reception, your scan, looking through your images where time allows and asking the sonographer any questions

  • standard dating measurement 

  • confirm viability of your early pregnancy

  • wellbeing check of baby
    This means that we check your baby's heartbeat and if our sonographer spots anything unexpected during this routine check we make sure to advise you appropriately

  • printed images 

  • printed diagnostic report 

Our Dating Scan is designed to date your early pregnancy and assure you that your pregnancy is continuing.

You will receive a clear written report of your scan results, including our recommendation for your next steps. If we recommend a medical follow-up, we can email a copy of your report to your healthcare provider at no extra cost if you provide their contact details. 

If you are experiencing pelvic pain or bleeding we recommend consulting your GP or an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, or calling 111 for advice, before booking this scan. If you still have concerns, can't be seen quickly or are not offered an ultrasound scan, we are more than happy to see you.

You are welcome to bring guests to this scan, but as this is a very early stage scan we recommend you do not bring children. Check your clinic's guest policy to find out how many guests are allowed.

For people over 16 years of age. 

At your appointment you will be given printed images and your diagnostic report as part of the scan. After your appointment you will be sent a link to the Pim platform, where you can choose to pay to access Pim’s unique features and a digital library of your images and reports. 

What you get with Ultrasound Direct

Fully qualified and regulated healthcare professionals

The highest possible image and data storage security

A comprehensive report with recommended follow-up

Friendly, supportive and welcoming staff

Preparing for your scan

  • drink one litre of clear fluid about one hour before your Dating Scan 

  • don’t urinate before your appointment. This is to give us the best view of baby – we need a full bladder 

  • we’ll need access to your abdomen, so please wear a two-piece outfit (like a top and trousers, or a top and a skirt) 

  • if we are unable to see clearly enough over your abdomen, we may offer to do an internal (transvaginal) scan. Don’t worry - our experts will explain this fully at the time if it is needed 

Don’t miss our exciting extras

Available to buy at your appointment (subject to clinic stock)

Frequently Asked Questions

After your appointment you will be sent a link to access Pim, our top-of-the-range image management platform. You will have the option to pay to access Pim’s unique features and a full digital library of your images.

On rare occasions we are unable to complete the primary purpose of a scan. For pregnancy scans, this may be due to your baby being in a difficult position, or something else such as overlying bowel gas which can obscure the ultrasound image. If this happens, we’ll book you a free of charge rescan so we can try again! The primary purpose is outlined on each scan webpage.

As healthcare professionals the health and wellbeing of you and your baby is our priority. There may be occasions when we need to discuss unexpected findings or bad news. If this happens during your scan, our team will ensure you receive the best possible compassionate care delivered to you as sensitively as possible.  

We will also recommend your next steps. With your consent, we can contact the local early pregnancy unit or midwife on your behalf where possible. For general health scans, we can email our report and supporting images to your GP.  

If after your scan you become concerned about the scan itself or your images and video clips, just call the clinic where you had your scan to discuss any concerns. If the clinic is closed, contact our head office who will be more than happy to help with your query.


Absolutely! Every scan at Ultrasound Direct is performed by a fully qualified sonographer whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers are fully trained and appropriately qualified to perform ultrasound scans. Many of our team also work in the NHS locally.

All our sonographers are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and/or the Register of Clinical Technologists and follow the latest safety guidelines.

We are also registered with the Care Quality Commission, an independent regulator, to make sure you always receive the highest possible standards of care. 

All our sonographers who take blood for blood tests are phlebotomy trained.

If you are experiencing pain or bleeding, go directly to your local A&E or contact your midwife – do not book an ultrasound scan. This is because you may be experiencing a medical emergency and waiting for a scan will cause a potentially harmful delay.

Research suggests that there are no known risks to our method of ultrasound scanning. Scans are painless (although an internal scan may be slightly uncomfortable) and have no known side effects. Ultrasound scans do not use any form of ionising radiation, unlike other diagnostic imaging services such as x-rays.

 We follow the British Medical Ultrasound Society’s guidance for the safe use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment.

 During pregnancy scans, we can record your baby’s pulsebeat – this sounds very similar to the heartbeat, but is recorded in a different way. We record the pulsebeat by scanning blood flow through the umbilical cord, rather than recording the heartbeat by scanning the heart. This is because consistent ultrasound output in one place can have a heating effect, and we don’t want to put your baby at any level of risk. The fast-moving blood in the umbilical cord quickly disperses any potential heating effect.

Visit our FAQs page for any further questions you may have.

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