Anomaly scan

18-24 weeks.

The anomaly scan is the first opportunity to examine your baby’s anatomy in great detail, as at 20 weeks your baby’s internal organs are now clearly visible and your baby is more likely to adopt a favourable position allowing for a detailed examination.

It’s the first opportunity to see images of your baby in its infant form, and is a great opportunity to strengthen the bonding process with your unborn child.

Benefits of the Scan

The anomaly ultrasound scan examines the baby in detail to:

  • Check the baby’s anatomy
  • Determine the size of the placenta
  • Assess the amount of amniotic fluid
  • Measure the baby’s growth – including the baby’s head, brain, abdomen and legs
  • Check the heart, brain, spine, bowel, stomach, bowel, kidneys and limbs for any abnormalities
  • Assess the placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord
  • Determine the sex of the baby – if you wish

Depending on the position of your baby, you may need to move around the scanning suite during your appointment to encourage your baby to move into a better position for examination.

All the measurements will be added to our Fetal Database and your pregnancy record for comparison with earlier and subsequent scans.

 When will I get the results

You will receive a medical report detailing the health, growth and wellbeing of your baby. A separate copy will be sent to your GP, midwife or obstetrician.

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