At the Spire Alexandra Hospital, Kent, we recognise that while pregnancy can be a very exciting time, it can also be a time of great anxiety. By providing a comprehensive specialist pregnancy ultrasound service in a calm and relaxing atmosphere we aim to help parents-to-be and their families enjoy the experience of seeing their unborn baby grow and develop in the womb.
All scans are done by Mr Penman, a consultant specialist in fetal medicine who is able to use his specialist expertise to assess if your baby is developing normally but also to provide you with the best possible images to help you bond with your unborn baby.
Our specialist in fetal medicine offers comprehensive 3D and 4D pregnancy scans
During each scan, Mr Penman explains what is being seen and at the end of each scan you will be given a formal report of the scan findings, which will also be fully explained to you.
There are no hidden extra costs, the price of all scans after 11 weeks includes 3D and 4D scanning, fetal gender assessment (if requested), still pictures of your baby, a DVD of the moving images as seen on the scan machine and a CD containing still pictures (in jpeg format) are included in the price.
Conventional ultrasound machines produce a 2D cross section image but advances in ultrasound technology allow a sequence of 2D images to be digitally reconstructed to produce a 3D picture of your baby. More recent advances allow the reconstruction to occur so fast that the baby can be seen moving in real time 3D (known as 4D scanning). 3D and 4D scanning is done routinely at all scans beyond 11 weeks at no additional charge.
The gender of your baby can be determined with 99% accuracy at the anomaly scan (22 weeks) in the majority of cases. Using different criteria, the gender can generally be determined at the nuchal scan (11 to 13 weeks) with the accuracy increasing from 75% in the 11th week to 90% plus in the 12th week and 95% plus in the 13th week.
||Weeks of pregnancy
||6 - 10 weeks
|Nuchal scan (4d)
||11 - 13 weeks + 6 days
|Early Growth Scan (4d)
||14 - 18 weeks
|Anomoly scan (4d)
||19 - 23 weeks
|Late Growth scan (4d)
||24 - 40 weeks
|Late pregnancy scan and swabs for group B Strep
Invasive testing (CVS and Amniocentesis), paternity testing, blood test screening for Down's syndrome
Clinics available 6 days a week Monday to Saturday, including evening clinics on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Spire Alexandra Hospital is located in Walderslade, Chatham in Kent and is easily accessible from the South East London and Essex areas and is approximately 45 miles from London Gatwick Airport.
For further information or to book an appointment please call 01634 662863 or visit Mr Penman's website at www.fetal-medicine.co.uk.