20 – 22 Weeks
Advanced 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging of the baby produces high resolution imaging of the baby’s major organs and assessment of general development. The skull and brain, heart and chest, abdominal organs, limbs and spine can be clearly examined in most pregnancies. CDS offers considerable experience in this field of prenatal diagnosis and access to modern ultrasound facilities at all clinic locations. The scan examination is usually carried out between 20-22 weeks gestation.
In addition to examining the baby, Doppler blood flow studies of the umbilical cord and uterine vessels are carried out. These can often predict issues later in pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia, high blood-pressure, poor growth of the baby etc. The cervix (neck of the womb) is assessed in order to exclude changes within it which might result in premature delivery of the baby.
Please note the vast majority of pregnancies are totally normal and ultrasound scanning provides considerable reassurance for couples.
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