The Anomaly scan is one of the most important ultrasounds you will have during your pregnancy. It is usually performed at around 20 weeks, when all your baby’s major organs will be visible. We will perform a thorough check for conditions, measure your baby’s growth, and make sure the placenta is healthy. If you haven’t already had a sexing scan, then we’ll also be able to tell you if your baby is a boy or girl.
The anomaly scan is recommended for all women at 20-24 weeks of pregnancy. At this stage in your baby’s development it is possible to see detailed pictures of the head, brain, limbs, spine and major organs. We can therefore check that everything is developing as expected and detect any abnormalities. We will also measure your baby so that we can see how much he or she has grown since the last scan and check the cervix, placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord.
The Anomaly scan is usually the most detailed health check that we will perform during your pregnancy. Although it can’t detect all kinds of abnormalities, it can provide a lot of information about your baby. It can also be very reassuring to hear that everything is looking good on the scan.
If you haven’t had a scan since the nuchal ultrasound, then you will be able to find out your baby’s gender during the anomaly scan. You will also be able to see how much your baby has grown and changed since your last ultrasound. By 20 weeks your baby is fully formed but only measures about 25cm from head to heel. Babies are already very active at this stage, so you may see him or her moving around during the scan.
We can perform your anomaly scan at our ultrasound clinic in Cheshire. You should book your anomaly scan for between 18 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. It’s easy to make an appointment at a time that suits you using our simple online booking system.
Some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area. In later stages of pregnancy, it may be advised to perform a transvaginal ultrasound scan to have a closer look at a baby’s anatomy, or to assess the maternal cervix.
There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during episodes of vaginal bleeding.
It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.The ultrasound transducer will be placed in the vagina (the probe is prepared using high grade medical disinfectant)
We had received possible worrying news from our NHS anomaly scan, without much information provided or confirmation. I am so pleased that we came to The Birth Company for reassurance, as we are now extremely happy that everything is fine. Shahrzad was fantastic and went through the whole anomaly scan thoroughly, explaining everything and looking in detail at each area. Nothing was rushed and she took her time to make sure baby was in the correct position to get the best results. We can’t thank her and Dr Gibb enough for the confidence they have given us. Would highly recommend The Birth Company for all scans.
' Professional and reassuring 'Helen Campbell
The sonographer was ready as soon as I arrived, and she was extremely calming, personable and professional. The scan and blood test where efficient without feeling rushed and all very easy. These appointments can feel uneasy and make you feel anxious but I felt reassured and in professional hands the whole time
I saw Kate throughout my first pregnancy and am now doing so again with my second. She is absolutely amazing, she explains everything really clearly, and has answered all sorts of bizarre questions and worries I have had. On top of being clinically excellent she is also just the loveliest person and always a pleasure to see.Sarah Elliott
We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
' Efficient, friendly and always on hand to provide last minute appointments 'Anna s
The Birth Company has been excellent, providing timely scans and blood tests during my IVF treatment abroad. Staff are always friendly and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend coming here.
' Professional and friendly 'Lyndsey Dilla
When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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