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Viability scan (any stage of pregnancy)

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A Viability Scan can be useful for pregnant women who may be experiencing pain or bleeding, or to provide reassurance for women who may have experienced previous miscarriages. We will also check that the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus, ruling out ectopic pregnancy.

About

Most miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks, known as early pregnancy.
  • Many miscarriages in the first trimester are caused by chromosomal abnormalities (problems in development) in the baby, but it is thought that around half have underlying causes.
  • An estimated 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage (1 in 5 if only counting women who realised/reported the miscarriage)
  • Around 11 in 1,000 pregnancies are ectopic
  • About 1 in 100 women in the UK experience recurrent miscarriages (3 or more in a row)
  • More than 6 in 10 of women who have a recurrent miscarriage go on to have a successful pregnancy

The risk of miscarriage greatly reduces in the second trimester. This is called a late miscarriage. Around 1-2 in 100 women have a miscarriage in the second trimester.


Reliable research and statistics breaking down the risk of miscarriage by each week of pregnancy don’t really exist.


According to some studies, once a pregnancy gets past 6/7 weeks and the baby has a heartbeat, the risk of having a miscarriage drops to around 10%.


Many women will not be aware of this point and commonly the heartbeat is not checked until the first ultrasound scan around week 11-12. Those who have had fertility treatment or are having early scans for other reasons will be able to date their pregnancy accurately and will know when they have passed this milestone.


Comprehensive useful information is available through the Miscarriage Association website.

Methodology

There are two main types of ultrasounds used during pregnancy: transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasounds. Both types of scans typically last about 20 minutes and are painless. The type of first ultrasound you’ll get depends on how far along you are pregnant.


During the early pregnancy ultrasound, the expecting mother will be able to watch along with our sonographer. Every patient will likely get a small scan image to print as a souvenir.


Transvaginal ultrasound


If the first pregnancy ultrasound is conducted before week 6 or 7, our sonographer will likely perform a transvaginal ultrasound. A small, long transducer (or wand) is wrapped in a sterile condom-like cover and inserted into the vagina.


The practitioner will then move the wand within the vaginal cavity to scan your uterus. The patient can feel pressure, but it should be painless.


The transducer emits sound waves, which bounce off of structures (the fetus) to produce an image which is then shown on a computer screen.


Transabdominal ultrasound


If the first ultrasound is after weeks 6 to 7, the expecting mother can get a transabdominal ultrasound examination. A gel is rubbed onto her belly to help the sound waves move more easily. The wand is then rubbed over the belly to produce images of the baby.


This exam shouldn’t hurt, although it can be somewhat uncomfortable if the sonographer needs to press hard on the abdomen to see a particular part of the baby more clearly (especially with a full bladder).

Preparation

Our sonographer will contact you on preparation procedures required.

Indications

  • To reassure that baby's heart is beating, the baby is growing and developing well
  • If adverse pregnancy symptoms such as pain or bleeding occur
  • The mother to be feels a change in pregnancy symptoms
  • Baby's movements cannot yet be felt, or the pattern of movements have changed
  • The Midwife was unable to hear baby's heart beating with a stethoscope or perform a good assessment of baby's growth with a tape measure
  • If you have a medical history which indicates that an assessment of the cervix should be performed.

Interpretation

The sonographer will be able to tell you the results of the scan at the time of the visit. You will also get a detailed ultrasound report to file with your maternity notes.


Our sonographers are highly skilled and accredited in the performance of this scan. They will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. The Sonographer will recommend further pregnancy scans or consultant referrals where needed.


Disclaimer

The scan results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

How it works

  • Book a visit

    Contact us via our website, email or phone to book your visit. A visit fee will apply depending on your location, regardless of required service(s).

  • Meet our medic

    We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.

  • Get the results

    We deliver results electronically via email, or by post to you and your doctor, if requested. Our medics can liaise with your doctor to help you get the care you need.