Gender Reveal Scan

16-32 weeks


This Gender Reveal scan is to:

  • confirm fetal gestation

  • confirm viability

  • determine gender of baby (and keep it a surprise!)


Your Gender Reveal Scan

This scan 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

  • head circumference measurement to determine gestational age

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

  • printed images

  • same-day access to your images and report online

  • Large Gender Reveal Cannon (x1)

  • Gender Reveal Scratchcards (x5)

Baby boy or baby girl? This scan is designed with surprise in mind! This scan is for you to determine the sex of your baby so you can then host your own special gender reveal celebration. Our experts will find out the gender of your baby (at 99.9% accuracy) and provide either pink or blue scratchcards and a large cannon. You can use this to plan your own special gender reveal with your loved ones. We'll keep the gender a secret from you so you can be surprised as well at your gender reveal.

A head circumference measurement is taken to determine gestational age. If our measurements show that you are under 16 weeks, we cannot perform the Gender Reveal Scan and will offer you a rescan at a later date. While we always do our best, we cannot guarantee we will be able to determine the sex if baby is in a difficult position. Please consider this when arranging any gender reveal plans to avoid disappointment!

If you're expecting twins, your appointment time will be an extra 10 minutes. We never charge extra to scan twins.

You can bring up to 5 guests to your Gender Reveal Scan at most clinics. Please note that Cardiff, Oxford, Maidenhead, London Harley Street and London West can accommodate fewer guests and do not allow children. Please always check your clinic's guest policy for the most up to date information.

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. For people over 16 years of age.

What you get with Ultrasound Direct

Fully qualified and regulated healthcare professionals

Same-day access to your images online

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 Gender Reveal Scan

  • don’t urinate before your appointment. This is to give us the best view of baby

  • we recommend you eat before your scan

  • 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)

Don’t miss our exciting extras

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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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