Advanced Early Pregnancy Scan FAQs

Do I need to book an appointment?

Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate if you can give us 24 hours notice.

When is the best time to have an advanced early pregnancy scan?

We perform the Advanced Early Pregnancy scan from 12 weeks up to 19 weeks of pregnancy. This baby scan is performed to assess the health of your baby & estimate the age of the pregnancy (if not already established). We look for the absence or presence of any physical abnormalities, determine whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy & measure the age of the fetus. Depending on how far along the pregnancy has advanced dictates what measurements are taken & how much of the anatomy can be assessed during this time.

How should I prepare for an advanced early pregnancy ultrasound?

When you attend for an advanced early pregnancy ultrasound you do not need a filled urinary bladder to help view the pregnancy. It is important to know your last menstrual period dates if you know and if you have had a positive pregnancy test if the estimated due date has not already been established. It is important to wear loose comfortable clothing.

Why is an advanced early pregnancy scan performed?

The advanced early pregnancy scan is performed to verify the baby’s heartbeat; calculate the gestational age and determine estimated date of delivery; look for multiples ( twins, triplets etc); determine that the baby is located normally within the womb and that the pregnancy is progressing normally at this stage; examine placental site; assess anatomy of the fetus.

Will I be able to see the scan?

Yes, the ultrasound is available for you to view on a large screen located at the end of the ultrasound couch. The sonographer will explain what you are looking at and point out various items to look at on the ultrasound. You will also be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat. We aim to make this ultrasound scan an enjoyable experience for you.

What to expect at Ultrasound Dimensions?

When you arrive at Ultrasound Dimensions you will be met by our receptionist. You will then be asked to complete a waiver, even if you have been here before. You can then relax in our waiting area until the sonographer comes to meet you and take you to the scanning room. Your personal details from your completed waiver will be confirmed by the sonographer before beginning the scan.

What happens during the advanced early pregnancy ultrasound scan?

An advanced early pregnancy scan is performed as an abdominal scan. An abdominal scan is performed by placing gel on the patient’s abdomen and using a transducer to obtain images. The abdominal scan is not painful & non-invasive. A full bladder is not required for an advanced early pregnancy scan.

Do I need a GP’s referral for a pregnancy ultrasound?

Pregnancy scans at our centre are elective, if you do not have a referral, that is okay. Just call or email to make an appointment.

Can family members attend my ultrasound appointment?

A pregnancy scan is a family affair at our clinic, so you can share your baby scan experience by bringing whomever you want and as many people as you like.