This Gender Scan is to:
provide a professional opinion about the sex of your baby
Your Gender Scan
This scan, available from 16 to 32 weeks, 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
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
sexing of baby
4DFREEVIEW™ option with 3D printed images
same-day access to your images and report online
A head circumference measurement is also taken to determine gestational age. If our measurements show that you are under 16 weeks, we cannot perform the Gender 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! It's up to you whether you want to be told the gender at your appointment (we can secretly write it down for you instead) - make sure you let the team at the clinic know your preference.
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 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.
Planning a Gender Reveal?
Check out our fantastic Gender Reveal Scan. It's designed to create special memories and comes with some exciting extras to help you reveal the news to your loved ones.
What you get with Ultrasound Direct
Preparing for your scan
if you are less than 20 weeks, drink one litre of water and do not urinate before your appointment to ensure you have 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)
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.
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.
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.
Other scans we recommend for you
Why choose Ultrasound Direct?
Choosing a private ultrasound scan can be overwhelming. Here are some things to think about that could help you make the best decision for you.
|Ultrasound Direct||Other private ultrasound providers|
|Trusted partner of several healthcare service providers||Yes||No|
|All scanning staff that clients meet are appropriately medically trained||Yes||Some chaperones or assistants in the scanning room may not be medically trained – you can always ask to double check|
|Longer than average appointment times||Yes||Appointment times will vary at different providers. It’s worth checking how long your appointment will be so you know what to expect|
|Free of charge rescan if the primary purpose of the scan cannot be completed||Yes||Some providers don’t offer a free rescan – make sure you check before you book|
|Extra cost to scan twins||No||Several providers charge extra to scan twins – make sure you check before you book|
|Company founded and run by sonographers and healthcare professionals||Yes||No|
|Uses authentic and genuine client reviews on Trustpilot||Yes||Some providers are flagged by Trustpilot as using non-supported methods to collect reviews|
|A comprehensive range of health scan services as well as pregnancy scans||Yes||No|
|Blood tests for pregnancy, fertility and general health with phlebotomy-trained staff||Yes||No|
|Patients must download an app to view their images||No – a link to your images and diagnostic scan report is sent directly to your phone number for easy access and sharing||You will need to download an app to access your scan images from some providers|