At The Birth Company we offer several types of scans, and each of them is performed for a different purpose. Each scan detects different kinds of abnormalities and gives you a different way of looking at your growing baby. These scans can also help you make important decisions about your pregnancy and safeguard the health of you and your developing baby.
The Nuchal Scan
This scan looks for evidence of certain chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome, Edwards' syndrome, and Patau's syndrome. All developing foetuses have a fold of tissue at the back of the neck. When one of these syndromes is present, the fold of tissue is larger. This can be detected in a scan at around 12 weeks.
The Anomaly Scan
This scan is offered to all women once they reach 20 weeks gestation. It’s one of the most important scans to have during pregnancy, because it screens for a large number of developmental problems. These include open spina bifida, anencephaly, and abnormalities of the heart.
In addition, the anomaly scan checks that your baby is growing at a normal rate
, that their organs are developing properly, and that the placenta is healthy.
You may have other scans during pregnancy if you choose to have additional ultrasounds either before or after the 20-week anomaly scan. For instance, some women may have an early scan to confirm their pregnancy or have a special scan to find out their child’s gender.
Sometimes, if there are potential problems that need to be monitored, you may have scans every few weeks. For instance, if a baby is not growing at the normal rate, or if there are problems with the placenta, those issues may prompt further scans to check on progress.
For your peace of mind, The Birth Company
offers next-day appointments and same-day results, and we’re open every day of the week.