Reassurance Scan / Early Anatomy ultrasound Scan 12-24 weeks of pregnancy

What is a reassurance scan?

Reassurance scans are extra scans that can be fitted in at any time between the routine Nuchal Translucency and anomaly scans. We will be able to check on baby’s health, growth and development. You’ll also have another chance to see your baby and get some more ultrasound pictures. We recommend having a reassurance scan if you experience any unusual symptoms or if you’re having a higher risk pregnancy. Having an extra scan between 14 and 24 weeks can also reassure you that everything is going well.

Why this scan?

  • Check on your baby’s growth
  • Investigate any symptoms such as bleeding
  • Reassurance that all is well
  • See more detail than at the Nuchal Translucency Scan

What you will receive

  • Scan pictures
  • Report to add to your maternity notes
  • Link to your electronic ultrasound pictures and video

When Should You Have a Reassurance Scan?

We can perform a reassurance scan at any time between 14 and 24 weeks. Fitting in an extra scan between the routine Nuchal Translucency and anomaly scans allows us to check in on your baby. It also means that you won’t have to wait as long between your ultrasound scans.

It is a good idea to arrange a reassurance scan if your belly is larger or smaller than expected, you’re experiencing symptoms such as pain or bleeding, or you’re having a higher risk pregnancy. You might need extra scans if you’re carrying twins, experiencing pregnancy complications, or you’ve had problems during previous pregnancies. However, you don’t need to have a medical reason to arrange a reassurance scan. Having an ultrasound can also give you another chance to see and bond with your baby. It can also be very reassuring if you’re feeling at all anxious about your pregnancy.

During the reassurance scan we will check your baby’s growth and make sure that he or she is developing as expected. We will check the placenta and amniotic fluid too. If you have a scan after 16 weeks, we should also be able to reveal your baby’s gender if you want to know.

What to Expect

  • We will perform a trans-abdominal scan, so you will need to remove the clothes from over your belly. It is also best to have a drink before the scan as a moderately full bladder will help us to get clear pictures.
  • Ultrasounds are completely safe, so there’s no need to worry about having extra scans. You can have a reassurance scan at any time between 14 and 24 weeks.
  • At the end of the scan, you’ll get a full report on the results as well as your ultrasound pictures. If you have any concerns, you’ll be able to talk to one of our experienced sonographers.

Arranging Your Reassurance Scan

We can perform a reassurance scan at any time if you are experiencing complications, feeling concerned or simply want to see your baby again. Use our simple online form to book an ultrasound appointment in Cheshire at a time that suits you.
 

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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.   

 

Contraindications 

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.
 

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