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Fetal Viability scan:

This examination is done at 6-10 weeks and is used to determine the number of fetuses present, and the progress of the pregnancy.

Nuchal scan:

The scan is usually conducted between 11-13 weeks of the pregnancy, to help:

  • Accurately determine the date of pregnancy and expected date of delivery.
  • Assess the risks of Down's Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Diagnose multiple pregnancy.
  • Diagnose certain major fetal abnormalities.
  • Diagnose early pregnancy failure.

Anomaly scan:

This is a detailed scan between 19-23 weeks in which the focus is on:

  • Position of the placenta.
  • Amount of amniotic fluid present.
  • Measurement of fetal growth, where special attention is paid to the brain, face, spine, heart, stomach, bowel, kidneys and limbs.

Cardiac scan:

A detailed examination of the fetal heart, conducted at 20-24 weeks, is especially recommended for :

  • Women with a family history of heart abnormalities.
  • Where increased nuchal translucency was found at the 12 week scan.
  • Assessing the risk of Down's Syndrome.

Fetal Wellbeing scan:

The scan is conducted after 32 weeks of pregnancy. The aim is to determine the growth and health of the fetus by:

  • Measurement of the size of the fetal head, abdomen and thigh bone, and calculation of an estimated fetal weight.
  • Examination of the movements of the fetus.
  • Evaluation of the placental position and appearance.
  • Measurement of the amount of amniotic fluid.
  • Assessment of blood flow to the placenta and fetus by Colour Doppler ultrasound.