The second scan is a more detailed scan that helps to pick up any major structural problems and is offered when you are around 18-21 weeks pregnant.In practice, you may find that the timing varies across the country.All pregnant women are offered screening tests for Down's Syndrome. We run clinics every morning by an appointment system.These tests to not give a definitive answer but tell you whether you are at increased risk of having a baby with Down's Syndrome. During these clinics, a variety of services are available including genetic counselling, detailed scanning and diagnostic procedures such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis.The second is at around 20 weeks into your pregnancy.The scans are offered as medical examinations and form part of a screening programme but we understand that the ultrasound scan allows you that first precious glimpse of your new baby.This early ultrasound scan provides important information about the number of babies present and the expected date of delivery.
We welcome one adult to accompany you during your ultrasound examination.
Accurate measurements and images are taken of the gestational sac and the 'crown to rump' length of the embryo, to accurately date the pregnancy.
Serum blood screening in early pregnancy is performed alongside nuchal scanning in order to identify high-risk pregnancies.
Your examination will be performed by a sonographer who is specially trained and qualified in the use of diagnostic ultrasound.
We also have imaging assistants and receptionist in our team who provide administrative and other support to the sonographers.