Early Pregnancy Scans

We are experts in first trimester pregnancy and baby ultrasound scans. Compare our early diagnostic options and choose your scan.

We offer expert pregnancy scans from 6 weeks

At London Pregnancy Clinic, we offer the most comprehensive pregnancy scans at every stage of your pregnancy starting from 6 weeks.

We are leaders in the field of early pregnancy reassurance and we developed our revolutionary 10 week anomaly scan which is the earliest opportunity to examine your baby’s anatomy. 

3D Image of an embryo at 8 weeks captured at our Viability Scan

Early Scans at London Pregnancy Clinic

  • Early Viability/Dating Scan from 6 weeks (£140) with a Fetal Medicine specialist doctor

  • 10 Week Anomaly Scan – our revolutionary scan to exclude 10 severe structural anomalies at 10 weeks. This scan was specially designed as pre-NIPT scan in our one-stop early screening clinic

  • Early Fetal Anomaly Scan at 12-16 weeks to exclude >100 different structural anomalies

  • Early Fetal Echocardiography from 12 weeks. Expert scan for fetal heart, aiming to exclude severe heart defects as early as possible. This is special scan for babies with an increased NT thickness and other risk factors for cardiac anomalies

  • Anomaly Scan + NIPT options: Invitae NIPT £380 and Harmony Test £540

  • Scans and NIPT appointment with our Fetal Medicine specialist doctors with extensive NHS and international experience.

  • Same day, evening, and weekend appointments
  • Harmony NIPT results in 3-5 working days (95% of the cases)

  • Optional Gender Reveal included in the price from 13 weeks

  • Latest 3D/4D ultrasound technology

  • 5* rated service on Google, Trustpilot & Doctify
  • Scan report, videos and images sent straight to your smartphone

Early Pregnancy Scans Explained

Viability/Dating Scan 6-9 weeks

Viability scan or dating scan is the scan confirming normal development of the pregnancy inside the womb. Other aims of this scan are to determine the number of babies (embryos) and to date the pregnancy. It is impossible to perform a structural examination of the embryo at this stage because it has not developed into human-like fetus. 

Learn more about our Viability Scan on this dedicated page.

10 Week Anomaly Scan

At 10 weeks your baby finishes its embryological development, and we can assess its health and development. It is our unique ultrasound examination, which we have developed for the patients wish to have an earliest reassurance. 10 Weeks Scan works best in combination with an advanced NIPT.

Learn more about our 10 Week Scan on this dedicated page.

10 Structural Anomalies we Screen for at 10 weeks

With our expertise and technology we are able to screen for structural anomalies from 10 weeks (approximate prevalence in the first trimester):

  • Acrania (1:1,000)
  • Alobar Holoprosencephaly (1:1,300)
  • Spina Bifida (1:2,000)
  • Absence of arms, hands, legs or feet (1:2,000)
  • Encephalocele (1:5,000)
  • Exomphalos (Omphalocele) with liver (1:3,500)
  • Amniotic Band Anomaly (1:7,000)
  • Body Stalk Anomaly (1:7,500)
  • Sirenomelia (1:60,000)
  • Conjoined Twins (1% of monochorionic twins)

In comparison, the prevalence of the chromosomal conditions screened for by NIPT:

  • Down’s Syndrome (1:700)
  • Edward’s Syndrome (1:1400)
  • Patau’s Syndrome (1:5000)

If you take the test at 12+ weeks we are able to screen for >200 structural fetal anomalies.

Early Fetal Anomaly Scan

Early Fetal Scan is our signature scan which represent comprehensive examination of the baby by protocol like NHS 20 weeks anomaly scan. Understandably at 12-16 weeks the baby is still immature, and some anomalies/problems can be invisible or not developed, however from 12 weeks we can detect at least 50% of all structural anomalies. Most importantly from 12 weeks we can exclude majority of spina bifida and other severe neural tube defects and 2/3 of severe heart defects.

For parents having our 10 weeks scan we would recommend Early Fetal Scan at 15-16 weeks, because some anomalies visible at this stage can be not detectable at 12 weeks.

Learn more about our Early Fetal Anomaly Scan on this dedicated page.

Early Fetal Echocardiography

Early Fetal Echocardiography or Early Echo is a special detailed scan for the baby’s heart, which we can perform as early as from 12 weeks.

We highly recommend this scan for all babies with increased nuclal translucency (NT) measurements, fetal anomalies, or other unusual findings detected at 11-13 weeks scan.

To know more about Early Echo

Why do I need to have an ultrasound scan with NIPT?

Ultrasound is a vital part of fetal screening. The laboratory requires a confirmation of viability and gestational age by the clinic submitting each NIPT

NIPT is a highly effective screening test for 3 chromosomal anomalies, however it is unable to screen for structural anomalies such as heart or brain defects which are more common and often more serious than Down’s Syndrome.

Here at London Pregnancy Clinic we specialise in early detection of fetal anomalies, the fetal heart and the fetal brain. Visit our Scans Page to find out which scan you will be having along with NIPT.

10 Weeks Scan and NIPT

10 Weeks Scan and NIPT is the best option for earliest first trimester screening. It is advanced test that checks for both most severe structural defects and most common chromosomal abnormalities.

This test is optimal together with Early Fetal Scan at 16 weeks as a part of our EARLY FETAL REASSURANCE PACKAGE

3D ultrasound of a fetus at 12 weeks captured on our Early Fetal Scan

Comparison of our 1st trimester scans:

6-9 weeks:
Viability and Dating Scan

£140

Best time to perform
7 weeks

Aim

To confirm viability, to see how many babies you have, and to date the pregnancy. In the case you interested to have NIPT for Downs syndrome screening, dating scan will help you to plan an appointment for this test at earliest possibility (from 10+ weeks)

Scan with NIPT
Not possible to perform NIPT (too early)

Reassurance

Exclude miscarriage, and other early pregnancy complications.

3D Imaging

From 8 weeks

Gender Reveal

Not possible 

The pregnancy-embryo structures we will assess:

Pregnancy Dating +++

Heartbeat +++

Fetal measurements ++ 

Number of fetuses ++ 

Type of twins +++

External appearance+

Head – 

Brain – 

Spine – 

Face – 

Heart structure – 

Internal body organs – 

Abdominal wall – 

Kidneys and bladder – 

Arms/legs + (at 9 weeks)

Hands/feet – 

Fingers – 

Structural anomalies screening

Not possible: the baby has not finished its embryological development

10-11 weeks:
10 Weeks Anomaly Scan

£260

Best time to perform
10 weeks with NIPT

Aim

To exclude major anomalies before NIPT

Scan with NIPT
Best scan for NIPT

Reassurance

Earliest reassurance for normal baby’s anatomical development

3D Imaging

Best quality

Gender Reveal

With NIPT only (not by scan)

The pregnancy-fetal structures we will assess:

Pregnancy Dating +++

Heartbeat +++

Fetal measurements +++ 

Number of fetuses +++

Type of twins +++

External appearance +++

Head ++

Brain +

Spine ++

Face – 

Heart structure +

Internal body organs – 

Abdominal wall ++

Kidneys and bladder – 

Arms/legs ++

Hands/feet ++ 

Fingers + 

Structural anomalies screening

10 most severe anomalies:

acrania, holoprosencephaly, spina bifida, body stalk anomaly, major exomphalos, pentalogy of Cantrell, early fetal hydrops, sirenomelia, absence of limbs or hands or feet, abnormal twin pregnancies

12-16 Weeks:
Early Fetal Anomaly Scan

£260

Best time to perform
13 weeks, or 16 weeks if you had our 10 Weeks Scan

Aim

Comprehensive early anomaly scan

Scan with NIPT
Possible with NIPT

Reassurance

Comprehensive, screening for >200 anomalies

3D Imaging

Possible

Gender Reveal

Included from 13+ weeks

The pregnancy-fetal structures we will assess

Pregnancy Dating ++

Heartbeat +++

Fetal measurements ++

Number of fetuses +++

Type of twins ++ (limited after 13+)

External appearance ++

Head +++

Brain ++

Spine +++

Face +++

Heart structure +++

Internal body organs ++

Abdominal wall +++

Kidneys and bladder ++

Arms/legs +++

Hands/feet +++

Fingers +++

Structural anomalies screening

More than 100 types of structural anomalies

especially heart defects, brain and spine anomalies, facial anomalies, internal organs anomalies. Detection more than 50% of structural anomalies. Heart defects screening detection of 2/3 (67.7%) severe heart defects

Key for scoring system of diagnostic quality of imaging of the structures on our different scans:
–  not visible or impossible to evaluate
+ suboptimal visualisation (too small)
++ can be used for diagnostic purposes
+++ the best quality diagnostic imaging
Frequently Asked Questions

You have a question? We have an answer.

What is the best screening schedule in early pregnancy? How can I reduce the chances for my baby to be born with anomaly/syndrome?

The best EARLY PREGNANCY scans and tests schedule will be:

  1. Viability scan at 7 weeks
    • Location of the pregnancy
    • Viability of the baby (babies)
    • Number of babies
    • Dating of pregnancy (EDD – estimated delivery date)
  2. 10 Weeks scan and NIPT
    • Screening for 10 most severe structural anomalies
    • Screening for Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal defects
    • Optional gender reveal by NIPT
  3. Early Fetal Scan at 16 weeks
    • Screening for more than 100 different serious structural anomalies
    • Optional gender reveal by scan

We have created special EARLY FETAL REASSURANCE PACKAGE to address our patients need for early support

What is Early Fetal Echocardiography?

Early Echo is our special scan to confirm normal development of the baby’s heart. From 12 weeks we can exclude up to 80% prenatally detectable severe fetal heart defects.

This scan is highly recommended if you baby has an increased nuchal translucency (NT), or other unusual findings or anomalies on your 1st trimester scan.

Early Echocardiography includes also comprehensive check of all other fetal structures and organs like we do at Early Fetal Scan.

Read more about Early Fetal Echocardiography here:

What is the most comprehensive scan which is possible to do at 12-13 weeks?

Early Fetal Echocardiography is the most advanced scan you can perform in the first trimester from 12 weeks”

This special scan includes:

  • expert examination of the fetal heart and great vessels
  • early fetal neurosonography: special examination of the brain
  • comprehensive top-to-toe examination of all baby’s structures
  • measurements of nuchal translucency NT thickness (at 12-13 weeks) or nuchal fold afterwards

To learn more about Early Fetal Echocardiography yo can here:

Are you doing Nuchal Translucency Scan (NT)?

Nuchal translucency (NT) is a collection of fluid under the skin of the baby’s neck. It considered as indirect marker for fetal anomalies (chromosomal and structural). The Nuchal Translucency (NT) scan was developed in the 1990s when it was impossible to perform proper check of the fetal structures due to low resolution of old ultrasound scanners.

On Early Fetal Scan or Early Fetal Echocardiography we perform state-of-the-art check for all fetal anatomy and especially for brain, spine and the heart. Those scans are superior to NT scan, because they look for all the baby instead of measuring of fluid in the back of fetal neck. Saying that, we still offer measurements of NT for all our patients (at 11-13 weeks). If the measurement is 3.5 mm or above we will perform Early Fetal Echocardiography for free.

We do not use NT for calculation of the risk for Down’s syndrome because of it false-negative and false positive results. For Down’s syndrome screening we use NIPT, which is much more accurate test.

When is the best time to perform the NIPT scan?

We recommend to take the NIPT along with our comprehensive early anomaly scan as soon as you possible – 10 weeks. Early detection of either chromosomal or structural anomalies allows more time in terms of pregnancy management for those conditions.

If you’re unsure about the age of your pregnancy, please allow a couple of days after the 10 weeks mark to avoid repeat appointments for drawing the bloods.

In theory, NIPT is available from 10-40 weeks, but it is strongly recommended to take the test in the first trimester, as the pregnancy management options in the second trimester are very limited. 

What if my NIPT results show high chance for a chromosomal anomaly?

In case the NIPT result is high chance for Down’s/Edward’s/Patau’s syndromes our doctor will contact you and explain the further steps we advise to take. We will most likely arrange a referral to your NHS Fetal Medicine Unit for further counselling and possible diagnostic test such as CVS or Amniocentesis.

Alternatively we can refer you to private Fetal Medicine Consultant (consultation cost is not included in our service.)

We will also offer you our Early Fetal Echocardiography for free, in the case you wish to know the condition of your baby’s heart (if it has congenital heart defect)

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36 Spital Square

London E1 6DY
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Monday – Friday
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Saturday
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