All pregnant women, non-binary people and trans men are routinely offered a dating scan (usually around 12 weeks) and an anomaly scan, around 20 weeks gestation.
Can I have a picture?
Yes - pictures can be purchased at most scan appointments. Please bring change to use in the machine – the current charge is £5 for one picture, and £10 for three. We will try and obtain a good picture, however, babies do move frequently and it is not always possible to see them clearly. Patients should ask the sonographer at the beginning of the examination if they are interested in having a picture.
Will I be able to find out the sex of my baby?
We cannot always tell the sex of a baby, but if patient’s wish to know, they should ask the sonographer. The sonographer will tell the patient if they can see clearly.
Can my partner, relative or friend accompany me?
We allow one person to accompany the patient during the examination. Any other adults (or children) may come in after the checks are complete, but patients should understand that the Sonographer needs to concentrate during the examination. We recommend that patients do not bring children alone, as we are unable to provide childcare; children must be supervised at all times.
Why are we sometimes unable to complete the scan on the same day?
Sometimes babies lie in awkward positions and it is not always possible to see everything clearly, so patients may be asked to return at a later date.