Knowledge of such developmental problems can be invaluable in planning the appropriate care for the pregnancy.
Equally, the absence of any abnormalities or problems on the scan can be a source of much re-assurance to the expectant parents.
We look for normal structures in the baby’s brain, face, spine, heart, stomach, bowel, kidneys and links.
If we find any structural defects we will explain these to and make an appointment for you to see a specialist to discuss it further.
Generally, ultrasounds which are performed in the first trimester are within 3-5 days of being accurate in terms of assessing gestational age.
An anomaly scan is done at 21-23 weeks to check the anatomy of the baby, the baby’s growth and normal placental position.
At around seven weeks of pregnancy, it’s reasonably common for women to have their first ultrasound.The age of the pregnancy is easily determined through ultrasound measurement and the presence of one, two or more babies is established.The examination is usually carried out by scanning through the abdomen but if the pregnancy is very early, scanning via a probe inserted into the vagina may be appropriate (transvaginal ultrasound).Not all defects and problems can be detected by the scan.The list below lists the chances of problems being detected by the scan.