3D/4D 'HD Live' Ultrasound Scan 26-32 weeks of pregnancy

  • Includes an Advanced Gestation Anatomy Scan by our Specialist Sonographers
  • Performed by a qualified, accredited Specialist Sonographer
  • Still ultrasound images and clips to share online, via YourBabyScan
  • USB stick recording of your 3D/4D experience
  • Printed ultrasound images
  • New 'HD Live'


A 3D/4D ultrasound scan can be performed in order to see a preview of the baby from 26 to 32 weeks of pregnancy.

A 4D scan is a 3D scan with the added dimension of time – as in a film or video – so the baby can be seen to be moving. 4D scans are not usually needed for medical reasons.

If the baby has a rare malformation, a 3D or 4D scan could provide extra information for medical purposes, but this is rare.

Parents may want the scan if they are curious to see their baby's face. If you have a 3D or 4D scan, we always do a wellbeing scan first, before trying to view the face or other parts of the body in 4D. It may take some time to get a good view of the baby, so the scan could take 30-60 minutes.

If the baby is not in a favourable position you may be asked to go for a walk and return later. The best time to do a 4D scan is at 26-32 weeks of pregnancy when there is a greater volume of amniotic fluid but when the baby has not yet become too big. It is more difficult to see the face if the baby has its arms or legs in front of the face. The baby can be seen to be moving. Sometimes it is possible to record your baby yawning or stretching.

When can I have the scan?

A 3D/4D scan is ideally is performed between 26 – 32 weeks of pregnancy.

3D/4D 'HD Live' Ultrasound Scan 26-32 weeks of pregnancy Harley Street London

What will be checked during the scan?

  • Growth
  • Umbilical artery doppler
  • The placenta position and appearance
  • Amount of amniotic fluid
  •  Stomach, kidneys and bladder
  • You can find out the sex of your baby if you wish

What are the indications or reasons for having this scan?

3D / 4D scans are most often done to satisfy curiosity of the family. There is no danger in doing them although it is better that they are not prolonged or repeated excessively.

Consultant or Sonographer?

The sonographer is the best and most qualified person to do this scan.

3D/4D 'HD Live' Ultrasound Scan 26-32 weeks of pregnancy


Is it easy to make an appointment?

We offer morning, afternoon and evening availability during the week, as well as weekend appointments. A surcharge will be applied for evening and weekend appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore same day appointments can be easily arranged. Our Sonographers are here to reassure even at short notice. 

What you will receive:

  • Ultrasound scan results and a report to file with your maternity notes.
  •  Baby Ultrasound Keep Sake Images to take home
  • Short video clips and ultrasound images sent electronically with a copy of your report.
  • You will receive a USB stick with video recording of the baby.

3D/4D 'HD Live' Ultrasound Scan 26-32 weeks of pregnancy Harley Street London

How to Prepare for your scan

  • There is no particular preparation for this scan.

Can there be a problem with performing a 3D/4D scan?

Yes. The baby needs to be co-operative. This may take up to 45 minutes. If the mother is overweight it may be particularly difficult. We may ask you to take a short walk and a sweetened drink to get the baby to move. Rarely we may need you to come back on another day. If the placenta is at the front this can also causes problems in getting good pictures.

What recording will you receive?

We provide still ultrasound images for you to take away with you on the day. We also send these to you electronically, with a couple of video clips. We also provide a USB stick with the full 3D/4D experience.

What is the next scan following a 3D/4D ultrasound?

A Wellbeing/Growth scan can be done anytime between 23 - 40 weeks.

3D/4D 'HD Live' Ultrasound Scan 26-32 weeks of pregnancy


Cancellation Policy 

For cancellations, a full refund of your appointment fee will be given with 24 hours notice. If less than 24 hours notice of cancellation is given, a £50 cancellation fee will be applied. Our full terms and conditions can be found here: Terms and Conditions 

Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) IgG Antibody blood test £100

The Birth Company is now able to offer the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) IgG Antibody blood test, at a cost of £100. If you would like to have this blood test performed whilst attending for your ultrasound scan appointment, please let us know ahead of your appointment in order to allow for a longer appointment time and to take payment over the telephone using our secure payment portal.
For more information about the test, please follow this link to The Doctors Laboratory website. 

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.  

Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent

Below is a link to our Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent Form. This must be completed ahead of your appointment to confirm whether you consent or do not consent to having your scan performed transvaginally.

Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent Form 


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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