Preparation for dating scan

Your scan will be booked for you by your doctor or midwife and will usually take place at your local hospital’s ultrasound department.The scan will be carried out by a sonographer, who is trained in performing scans and knowing what to look out for.

The reports and scans we perform are often more comprehensive than NHS equivalent and will be accepted by NHS midwives and consultants.

We get our first, fuzzy glimpse of the person (it's not twins) who's been treating my wife's internal organs like a bouncy castle these past few weeks. But seeing it on camera, it now feels even less real. Before I can protest, she points out the foetal heartbeat, a tiny flitting butterfly of light behind what looks like an elbow.

A creature which isn't quite recognisable as human is waving at us - actually waving - and I am stunned. I've seen ultrasound pictures before, so had some idea of what to expect.

An early pregnancy viability scan can be performed from 6 weeks of pregnancy, it is available to all women, and particularly recommended where there has been pain or bleeding.

We recommend this scan for all pregnant women over 35. We offer morning, afternoon and occasionally evening appointments during the week as well as Saturday appointments.