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 and Dr Akolekar, consultant specialists in fetal medicine who are able to use their 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, the consultant 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 but it is important to remember that as with 2D scanning there are a number of factors such as the stage of the pregnancy, position of the baby, the size of the mother and abdominal wall scarring from previous surgery which may prevent good quality images being obtained.
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
||11 - 13 weeks + 6 days
|Early Growth Scan
||14 - 18 weeks
||19 - 23 weeks
|Late Growth scan
||24 - 40 weeks
|Late pregnancy scan and swabs for group B Strep
*The prices shown are self-funding prices only. If you are insured and your insurance company has agreed to cover the cost of the scan please contact them to discuss the prices further as they may differ depending on your policy.
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.