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Pregnancy scanning service

At the Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend on Sea, Essex, 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.

Antenatal scans are only a part of your care whilst you are pregnant, and below is a guide to the range of various scans available to you at the Wellesley Hospital.

Antenatal scanning is safe for both you and your baby and allows the consultant to determine your due date, ascertain if you are carrying more than one baby, monitor your baby's growth, track milestones, detect abnormalities, see the position of your placenta and the big question that is asked many times - the sex of your baby. 

At Spire Wellesley Hospital your selected scan will performed by Mr Mandeep Singh, who is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Mr Singh holds the qualifications MBBS, MD, MRCOG, a Diploma in Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound and a Diploma in Fetal Medicine. He is the lead consultant for Fetal Medicine, Research and Development in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director of the Kypros Nicolaides Fetal Medicine Centre at Southend Hospital and is therefore qualified to answer any questions you have regarding your scan and unborn baby.

Scans available at the Spire Wellesley Hospital

Early pregnancy scans: Performed from conception to 12 weeks 
This scan can be performed from time of conception to 12 weeks gestation. These scans along with blood test can confirm normal viable intrauterine pregnancy.

Sometimes in early pregnancy it may not be possible to visualise pregnancy by scan on abdomen. In such cases a trans-vaginal scan may be performed. This scan is safe and does not harm pregnancy in any way.

Dating scan: Performed between 6 to 11 weeks gestation
This scan can be performed between 6 to 11 weeks gestation. It confirms viable intrauterine pregnancy, confirms duration of pregnancy and can diagnose multiple pregnancies (twins/ triplets). In case you are experiencing any abnormal symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain then this scan can exclude miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies.

Screening for pre-eclampsia: Performed at 11 to 14 weeks and at 19 to 24 weeks 
Uterine artery Doppler at 11-14 weeks and at 19 to 24 weeks along with blood test can be performed to detect risk of developing pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure).

Mini Anomaly scan: Performed between 11 to 14 weeks 
This scan is one of the most important scans in pregnancy. This gestation is ideal for estimating gestational age, confirm number of babies, detect most major structural abnormalities, measure nuchal translucency and perform screening for chromosomal abnormalities.

Gender scan: Performed at 16 weeks to term 
The aim of this scan is to determine sex of baby and this is usually possible after 16 weeks gestation. This may be influenced by the position of baby.

Anomaly scan: Performed between 19 to 24 weeks  
This scan is performed between 19 and 24 weeks gestation. The aim of this scan is to measure baby, check anatomy and ensure that baby is developing well in the womb. We check the head, brain face, neck, spine, thorax, heart, abdomen, kidneys, placenta, and extremities during this assessment. Sex of baby can be determined at this gestation.

Screening for preterm delivery: Performed at 19 to 24 weeks 
This can be performed by measuring cervical length on a trans-vaginal scan. The cervical length between 19 -24 weeks gestation can accurately predict the risk of preterm delivery. Cervical length along with vaginal swabs is an important investigation in managing pregnancies complicated by very early preterm delivery.

3D/4D scans: Performed between 26 to 32 weeks 
These scans are usually not performed for medical indications except in some cases of cleft lip and limb defects. This scan allows parents to see their baby prior to delivery. We will perform a growth scan before 3D/4D scan and will provide you with a report, five 3D pictures and a digital copy of images on DVD.

This scan is best performed between 26 to 32 weeks gestation and the quality of images will depend on baby position.

Growth scans: Performed between 24 and 38 weeks 
Small babies and growth restricted babies are at risk of fetal demise and hence during these scans we measure baby to get an estimate of weight. We also measure blood flow through the umbilical artery, middle cerebral artery and ductus venosus, measure amniotic fluid and assess placenta and exclude growth restriction to ensure fetal wellbeing.

These scans are performed between 24 to 38 weeks gestation. 

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