Early Pregnancy Scan / Viability Scan / Dating Ultrasound Scan from 6-11 weeks of pregnancy

What is an Early Pregnancy Scan?

An Early Pregnancy Scan can be performed from just 7 weeks to confirm that you’re pregnant and find out when the baby is due. The scan is also a chance to check that you and your baby are both well. The viability of the pregnancy will be confirmed, and we can investigate the causes of any symptoms such as pain or bleeding. We recommend an early scan for anyone who is experiencing these symptoms as well as for all women over 35.

Why this scan?

  • Confirm that you’re pregnant
  • Rule out ectopic pregnancy
  • Investigate symptoms such as bleeding
  • Get an estimation of your due date
  • Find out if you’re expecting twins

What you will receive

  • Ultrasound results including an estimated due date
  • A full scan report to add to your maternity notes
  • Baby Ultrasound Keep Sake Images to take home
  • A link to see or share your electronic scan pictures and video online

When Should You Have an Early Pregnancy Scan?

Anyone can have a private Early Pregnancy Scan between 7 and 11 weeks. We recommend this early scan to all mothers over the age of 35 or when there are issues such as pain or bleeding that need to be investigated. Having an early scan can also be very reassuring so you might want to arrange one if you are feeling anxious, you’ve experienced problems during previous pregnancies (such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy), or you’ve conceived through fertility treatment.

You will also have the chance to see your baby on the screen for the first time during the early scan. It can be an amazing experience, even when he or she is still this small. At just 7 weeks, your baby is only about as large as a blueberry, but already has a beating heart that we will be able to listen to during the ultrasound scan.

What to Expect

  • You can have an Early Pregnancy Scan between 7 and 11 weeks.
  • The scan can usually be performed trans-abdominally, so make sure that you wear something that can easily be pulled back from your belly. We’ll put some gel on your skin and then pass the ultrasound probe across it to generate pictures of your womb. It can help to have a drink of water when you arrive at the clinic for the appointment so that your bladder is moderately full.
  • At the end of the scan, you will be given a detailed report to add to your maternity notes. We’ll also give you an online link to your ultrasound pictures and videos so that you can view or share them.

Arranging an Early Pregnancy Scan

It’s easy to make an appointment for a private Early Pregnancy Scan at our ultrasound clinic in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. We can arrange early scans at short notice if you’re feeling anxious, experiencing symptoms or you’ve just found out you’re pregnant.

Use our simple online booking system to arrange your Early Pregnancy Scan at our Cheshire clinic any time between 7 and 11 weeks between Monday - Friday. 

Patient Information

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)
The transducer will be introduced with a latex / non latex type covering and sterile ultrasound gel.
It will be necessary to move the transducer from side to side, up and down and may be swivelled to obtain ultrasound images of your pelvic anatomy.
If you prefer, you may insert the transducer yourself, otherwise the person conducting the examination will do this.
A third person may be present during the examination acting as a chaperone, if required by the sonographer or yourself.
You may request the examination to be stopped at any time during the procedure.   


If you are a virgin (Virgo intacta; hymen intact), guidance determines that transvaginal ultrasound scans are clinically contraindicated. If you have discussed this concern with your referrer and wish to proceed with a transvaginal ultrasound scan, this type of examination can be performed.

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine in pregnancy?

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies. Women may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.

Frequent questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Find below a link to a Q&A from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists regarding Covid-19 Vaccines, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

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137 Harley Street, London W1G 6BF
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Talbot Road, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7HR
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Alderley Edge