FAQs

Who will perform scan?

Fully qualified, experienced Sonographers perform all scans

What is a 3D/4D scan?

A 3D scan is different to the regular black and white hospital scans everybody is used to. 3D imaging is able to show your baby in more detail to show features and expressions. 4D scanning is the moving 3D image - showing baby’s movements - a yawn, a wave or a thumb suck!

What stage is best to book my 3D/4D scan?

The best time to book your 3D/4D scan is 26-28 weeks although it is still possible to scan after this time.

What about twins?

For twins we recommend coming 25-26 weeks for your 3D/4D scan as twins take up more room it is a little harder to see them properly. Please note there is a £30 extra charge and we can scan for up to 15 minutes to enable us to obtain the best views of your babies.

Can I bring family and friends?

We can accommodate up to 4 people in the scan room but if you have a desire to bring more please ring us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Image quality

For the best quality pictures babies need to be in a good position and have a nice amount of fluid around them. We may ask you to walk around to encourage baby to move. Pictures may be less clear for mums who carry a little extra weight (high BMI). You do not need to have a full bladder for later scans or 3D/4D scans.

Do I need a full bladder?

For early scans we recommend you drink 1 pint of fluid 1 hour before your scan is due, this will hopefully give you a full bladder which can help us visualise your baby.

Will you be able to tell the sex of the baby?

In most cases we can tell the sex of your baby. In some cases we may need to get baby to move in order to make it clearer. No Sonographers will ever give 100% guarantee. Sexing your baby has a 95% accuracy.

What if I don’t want to find out the sex?

You do not have to find out the sex of your baby - the Sonographer will ask your preference during the scan. However, with the scanning techniques used, we cannot guarantee the baby won’t flash on the screen and you see This is however rare.

How do I make an appointment?

Call or email us to make an appointment, we will always endeavour to answer your call but if we don’t leave your name and contact number and we will call you back. Alternatively you can send us an email. See contact page.

How do I pay?

You will need to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time in order to read and sign our terms. We will also take payment before the scan. Credit and debit cards accepted - Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and Paypal

What should I bring with me?

It is helpful if you bring your hospital notes with you to your scan.
Other things to bring may be a bottle of water or a fizzy drink and a chocolate bar. If baby’s position is not optimum often something sugary can help it get moving!

How long will the appointment last?

Scan times differ in length and we will always endeavour to scan you on time. It is wise to allow yourself 1 hour in case you need to fill up your bladder or try to get baby moving.

Does this replace my hospital scan?

These scans do not replace your hospital scans. It is very important to continue with all your hospital care and scans. We are not designed to take the place of hospital scans, merely add to your pregnancy experience.

What if an abnormality is found?

Not all abnormalities can be detected with ultrasound. The scans we perform are not designed to look at your baby’s anatomy in detail.
However, if the Sonographer does pick up an abnormality or suspect something wrong with your baby she will let you know what she thinks and refer you to your GP or midwife.

What type of equipment is used?

We use the latest in scanning technology. Our equipment is of high specification and provided by a company which provides many hospitals with scanning equipment.