An early pregnancy scan, offered between weeks 5 and 11 of pregnancy, is also known as a first trimester viability scan, or a dating scan. It is not routinely offered by the NHS but is available in London at our private clinic, The Medical Chambers Kensington. Our specialist pregnancy scanners are here to offer early confirmation of pregnancy, accurate dating and an assessment of viability.
Why have an early pregnancy scan?
- confirm pregnancy
- check pregnancy is viable
- check for ectopic pregnancy or other complications
- date pregnancy (this is the most accurate dating scan)
- identify multiple pregnancies (twins or more)
The first ultrasound scan in pregnancy is often taken up by women with a history of previous problems, such as ectopic pregnancy, and by women undergoing assisted reproductive techniques such as IVF. It is also requested for early reassurance or accurate dating, when there is no history of previous problems.
You can come to us for an early pregnancy scan from week 5 of pregnancy, which is 1 day after the first day of your missed period. We are happy to see you with or without a doctor's referral.
What to expect at an early pregnancy scan
An early pregnancy scan take around 30 minutes and is carried out by either our specialist prenatal sonographer or our doctor who specialises in prenatal diagnosis. You will be able to see the images of your baby on screen and your specialist will talk through them in detail with you, and advise you about what you need to do next.
Our prenatal doctor and sonographer will review and discuss the ultrasound images before sending a report to your doctor within 24 hours. We'll give you a copy of your report shortly after your appointment, or we can send one by email.
You will be given a black and white print of an ultrasound scan image and we'll email you a link so you can go online to view and download a selection of images from your scan.