A routine part of your Kingsbridge Private Hospital antenatal care package includes an extensive 3D ultrasound service. This will include an early pregnancy scan and a foetal cardiac scan.
Ultrasound scans are usually performed to:
- Confirm pregnancy
- Accurately determine gestational age
- Determine viability - to confirm presence of heartbeat
- Determine fetal number
- Reassure the mother that her baby appears to have no gross structural or growth abnormalities
- Determine placental morphology and localisation
Preparation: Please attend your appointment with a full bladder to improve image quality.
Early Pregnancy Scan
Performed at 8-16/17 weeks.
Determines the presence of a heartbeat, multiple embryos and gestational age. If there is concern over a possible ectopic pregnancy or in the very early stages of pregnancy, a trans-vaginal scan may be carried out from 6 weeks.
Fetal Well-Being Scan
This scan will provide a general well-being scan for reasurrance throughout the pregnancy.
Foetal Cardiac Scan
Performed at 22-23 weeks.
This scan is carried out by a paediatric Cardiologist (Dr F Casey) and is used solely to image the baby's heart to identify the presence of congenital defects or cardiac abnormalities.