Obstetric dating scan

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The purpose of this scan is to check that your baby is developing normally.During the anatomy scan we check: List of Abnormalities & Birth Defects Thankfully, abnormalities are rare.This means that ultrasound findings are reported in the context of the patient’s gynaecological and obstetric background, providing the best possible care, tailored according to each woman’s needs.For all Obstetrics scans, no special preparation is needed, although it is best to wear loose clothing that can easily be lifted or removed in order to expose your abdomen.

The ultrasonographer or consultant will move the probe over your abdomen while looking at pictures of your baby on a screen.

During this scan we check your dates, see how many babies there are, and check that your baby appears normal.

Your consultant will discuss with you about their own policy on anatomy scans when at your first visit.

The sonographer will tuck a piece of tissue into your underwear to protect your clothes, then drop some gel onto your abdomen.

This helps the scanning head to glide smoothly over your skin to get a clear image.

Early Pregnancy Scans are not routinely offered on the NHS but you may have one privately without affecting your NHS entitlement.

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