1. When can the baby's heartbeat be seen on ultrasound scan?
The baby's heartbeat can usually be seen on ultrasound scan from 6 weeks (in other words, 2-3 weeks after your missed period). In early pregnancy it is sometimes necessary to perform a scan transvaginally to assess the pregnancy properly.
2. Can ultrasound harm my baby?
Lots of research has been done and there is no evidence to suggest that ultrasound can harm unborn babies. Ultrasound during pregnancy is widely accepted as safe for mother and baby.
3. Do I need to have a full bladder?
You will need to have a full bladder for both early pregnancy and Nuchal Translucency scans. However for scans after 14 weeks this is usually not necessary. To fill your bladder drink approximately 3 cups of water about an hour before your appointment. If you become very uncomfortable please go the toilet. Your bladder will fill quickly if you are well hydrated.
4. What is nuchal translucency?
This is a collection of fluid under the skin at the back of the baby's neck which can be measured using ultrasound. All babies have some fluid, but in many babies with Down's syndrome, the nuchal translucency is increased.
5. What is 4D ultrasound?
The latest ultrasound technology adds the fourth dimension (time) to a 3D image, allowing you to see the movements of your unborn baby.
6. Which ultrasound machine do you use?
We use the GE E10 – the top of the range machine for obtaining 2D/3D/4D images.
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I highly recommend this clinic. I had my 20 weeks scan here. The staff was very friendly, polite, and very helpful. I have been seen by amazing consultant and he reassured me about something I was worried about. Being able to see all the pictures afterwards was great too! At the end of the scan I received a text message with a link to the pictures which could be downloaded and shared with my family. Loved it, I would totally recommend it.
Excellent service from start to finish, I booked Nuchal scan as I was given a high risk at the NHS and was put at ease straight away by a consultant who was very calming and knowledgeable. We decided to have all of our scans here as we felt in very good hands. Great experience!
I’ve been coming here for a few years now for my obstetric care and the doctors are nothing if not excellent and highly professional. I see Pat O’Brien (obstetrician) who is fantastic and Pran Pandya (scanning and fetal medicine) , who is brilliant. Also nice that they are always on time and never make you wait.
Dr. Sadia Bhatti highly exceded our expectations and we absolutely recommend her. She is a very experienced and talented professional who displayed the highest degree of technical skill and empathy.
Meeting Dr. Bhatti reassured us that we could have a positive birth despite the challenges. She explained the options and empowered us to make the choices that felt right for our circumstances. We opted for a gentle csection, and it was the most beautiful birth.
Thank you will never be enough! We will never be able to fully express how grateful we are to you for everything you did…
Thank you again for all of your help and excellent care during my pregnancy. I am very grateful.
Thank you for safely delivering our 3 children. You made every experience so pleasant! We always felt safe in your hands!
It’s not just skill that makes a good doctor but caring as well. Thank you for the concern and expertise you displayed throughout the pregnancy and birth. I truly felt that I was in good hands. We look forward to using you again some time in the future, please G-d!
Little things make a big difference. Appointments to fit your schedule and always on time, very friendly service and meeting the same people for your appointments is very reassuring.