The viability scan is the first scan of pregnancy.
The viability scan is an ultrasound examination performed early in pregnancy.
We typically carry this out from 7 to 10 weeks
The scan checks that the pregnancy is growing as expected in the womb. The scan will also tell you if you have one or more babies. The early baby at this stage is called an embryo. We will check for the heart beat and measure the length of the baby, this is the crown rump length. This measurement determines the gestational age. It establishes how old the pregnancy is and can give you your due date.
We may see the yolk sac, which is a circular bright structure that is the baby’s initial nutrition supply.
Although this scan can be done from 6 weeks, we believe it is best to wait until until at least 8 weeks if you have no concerns because it will allow you to see the early anatomy which will make the scan even more reassuring.
The scan can be done through the tummy (transabdominal) but sometimes and internal scan is required if clearer views are needed. The scan lasts around 20 minutes.
You will get 1 glossy photo and a printed report.
We provide early pregnancy scan packages for extra reassurance. See our prices
The Viability scan is helpful if:
You would like reassurance about the pregnancy
You have had Recurrent Miscarriage and require early reassurance
You have had fertility treatment
You have had a previous ectopic pregnancy
Get early pregnancy scans with consultant
Getting an early viability scan with a specialist doctor provides more reassurance. We are unique in that your early pregnancy scan can be performed by consultant specialist with years of experience in pregnancy ultrasound scanning.
TLC if previous miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy or IVF or just need added reassurance.
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Questions about having a viability scan explained
Will the NHS do viability scans?
The NHS does not routinely offer viability scans. So if you are pregnant, a private viability scan can be a way to rest your mind about your pregnancy. It may be your first pregnancy and you may not know what to expect. If you have had fertility treatment, having a viability scan can reassure you.
Can the viability scan show twins?
Yes, a viability scan can show that you are going to have twins.
How early can I have a viability scan?
An early viability scan can be performed from 6 weeks but we think it is better to wait until 7 weeks if you have no concerns. At the stage the pregnancy is very young and appears a a pregnancy sac, a bright area called a yolk sac which is the early baby feed or pack lunch box and the embryo with the heart beat. We can arrange a scan with a consultant gynaecologist if you are 6 weeks- just call us to request this.
Can an early viability scan cause harm?
No, early viability scans are not known to be harmful and do not hurt the baby and do not cause miscarriage.
Will I get an early viability scan report ?
We will provide you with a report on the day of the findings of the scan. Sometimes, scans may show an unexpected finding that a miscarriage has occurred or the scan is not able to confirm an ongoing pregnancy. Where this happens, we will refer you to your GP or a private gynaecologist for further diagnosis and management.