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Anomaly Scan (20-24 Weeks) 

  • All of our sonographers are highly trained experts.
  • A consultant is available to discuss your findings with you if necessary.


The 20 week Anomaly Scan is an important detailed scan of the fetal anatomy, including placenta position, amniotic fluid and fetal growth.

At the beginning measurements will be made of the baby's head, brain, abdomen and legs. These will be plotted on a chart. We then continue a very thorough scan to check your baby's heart, brain, spine, bowel and limbs, to detect any abnormalities. This can never completely guarantee that the baby will be healthy, but it gives very strong reassurance. We also check the placenta, amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord. If you wish, you can find out the sex of your baby from this scan.

What is currently offered by the NHS?

Pregnant woman are offered two routine ultrasound scans: One at approximately 12 weeks and the other at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The 20 week anomaly scan is essentially the most important ultrasound during pregnancy. Women often come to have a scan with us as a result of the following:

  • Second opinion
  • More detailed scan
  • Calm and relaxing environment
  • As reassurance
  • If the woman missed her appointment or was on holidays at time of the NHS appointment

How is the scan done?

  • Anomaly scans are performed at 20-24 weeks of pregnancy and are done ‘transabdominally’ which means over the tummy.
  • The heart and brain can be seen more clearly at this time of pregnancy as the baby is growing bigger.

What structures of the baby can be checked?

The heart, brain, face, spine, bowel, stomach, kidneys, limbs, hands and feet for any major abnormalities.

What other information can I expect?

  • The placenta position and appearance
  • Amniotic fluid
  • Cervix appearance and length
  • Gender (if you wish)

Is there someone I can talk to about the outcome of my scan?

The sonographers are highly skilled and accredited in the performance of this scan. They will be able to talk to you if you have additional questions or concerns.

What are the indications or reasons for having this scan?

We recommend this scan to all pregnant mothers.

Consultant or Sonographer?

  • If you are having a normal pregnancy, then in most cases a scan by one of our experienced sonographers is advisable. All our sonographers are fully qualified and accredited, so you are in safe hands.
  • If however, you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy or need a second opinion, a scan with our consultant is recommended.

Is it easy to make an appointment?

We offer morning, afternoon and occasionally evening appointments during the week as well as weekend appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore short notice appointments can be easily arranged.

What you will receive:

  • Immediate results including gestational age and estimated due date.
  • A report to file with your maternity notes.
  • Size of the baby charts
  • Pictures
  • Short video clips and stills sent via an email of your choice via Tricefy with a copy of your report.

How is the scan electronically sent to you?

The Birth Company is the first clinic in UK to offer this service allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared via Email, Facebook and Twitter. We will offer this to you routinely at the end of the scan. The transmission is instantaneous as the name suggests. Please note on this system currently there is no sound, only video. It is a national policy not to permit patient or partner's phone recording in a room. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an electronic transmission of your scan. It will appear on your phone immediately. If you require a longer recording please ask for a USB stick recording.

How to Prepare for your scan

  • A moderately full bladder will improve the visibility of the scan done over the tummy.

Is there an additional cost for a twin pregnancy?

Yes. An additional £30 charge is applied for mothers expecting twins or triplets.

What is the next scan following an anomaly scan?

The NHS may not offer the further scan routinely however a wellbeing and growth scan can be done anytime after 22 weeks for reassurance.


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