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Early Pregnancy Ultrasound at CDS

Transvaginal (TVS) ultrasound, or “internal scanning”, enables very precise assessment of pregnancy development to be carried out within the first few weeks following conception.  TVS is the established technique for scanning pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestation, is regarded as being safe and shown to be very well tolerated by patients.

CDS are leaders in the introduction and clinical use of transvaginal scanning technology.  Bill Smith is recognised worldwide for his pioneering work in developing TVS ultrasound as an important part of general gynaecology as well as early pregnancy assessments.

Evidence of pregnancy can be identified shortly following the missed period and the baby’s heartbeat usually demonstrated by 4 weeks from conception (i.e. 6 weeks clinical gestation).  The location and numbers of pregnancy can be confirmed with confidence.  Complications, e.g. miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy etc., can be detected much more efficiently by TVS.

The healthiness of the uterus (womb) and cervix (neck of the womb) can be clearly shown.  Advanced TVS colour Doppler (bloodflow) examination of the ovaries can evaluate hormonal (progesterone) activity which is crucial to the normal development of pregnancy during the first 8-10 weeks.  Early scanning can provide tremendous reassurance and support for couples particularly where there might be vaginal bleeding or discomfort during the first few weeks or else a history of infertility or recurrent miscarriage.

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