Viability Scan/Dating Scan
6-9 weeks

Viability Scan/Dating Scan 6-9 weeks
Viability Scan is the first scan in your pregnancy journey

Congratulations, you’re expecting!

The Viability Scan is the first scan in your pregnancy journey. It is sometimes referred to as the “dating scan”, however our Viability Scan provides much more information about the fetus than just dating the pregnancy.

If you are planning to have NIPT, viability scan will help you to see how many babies you have and establish proper dating for earliest NIPT appointment.

Twin pregnancy captured in 3D at our clinic (7 weeks)

Early information about your pregnancy.

At 8 weeks, the fetus is just as big as a grape and has started to develop the majority of its organs. The main purpose of this scan is to confirm the heartbeat as well as:
  • Check for single/multiple pregnancies*,
  • Date the pregnancy: estimation of gestational age (pregnancy age in weeks) and the EDD (estimated date of delivery),
  • Check main structures of the gestational sac, which include the baby (the embryo), the yolk sac, and the future placenta,
  • Examine for any early pregnancy abnormalities.

* For multiple pregnancies (i.e. twins, triplets, etc.) it is extremely important to know the type of placentation (do the babies share the same placenta or do they have separate placentas?). This is important for the prediction of certain complications.

Our Viability Scan

We use an advanced ultrasound scanner with unique high-resolution transabdominal or transvaginal probes. The best time for this scan is 7 weeks.

The benefits of our viability scan include:

  • We do not need you to have a full bladder for the scan,
  • In most cases, the technology we use allows the Viability Scan to be performed transabdominally (the transducer is placed over your belly),
  • If you are interested in better look on your baby and its surroundings we will offer you an internal (transvaginal) scan by our high-resolution 3D probe. This technology works as a microscope and in majority of the cases allows us to get an incredibly detailed views of your tiny baby, yolk sac and other structures (like on the image on the right).

  • Based on corrected by viability scan dates of your pregnancy we can book your NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) appointment at earliest and most convenient for you date (from 10+0 weeks).

Our 3D Viability Scan at 8 weeks – baby about 1.5cm!

Frequently Asked Questions

You have a question? We have an answer.

Should I have the Viability Scan?

The Nuchal Translucency (NT) / Dating scan is the first scan offered by NHS hospitals. NT scan is performed relatively late, only at 11-13 weeks, when you are already three months into your pregnancy.

The Early Viability Scan will:

  • Reassure you that your pregnancy develops well and your baby’s heartbeat is clearly visible,
  • Let you know how many babies you will have, Be able to tell the precise date of the pregnancy and estimated delivery,
  • Allow you to book a NIPT as early as possible (10+0 weeks),
  • Allow you to create a detailed schedule of your follow-up scans and other antenatal appointments and tests, which means you can schedule in your other activities (such as business trips or holidays) around this.
Why choose us for your Viability Scan?

London Pregnancy Clinic clinicians are leaders in the field of fetal medicine – all the scans are performed by fully qualified and GMC registered doctors.

We have a unique and an individual approach in that we do not ‘leave any stone unturned’ – we provide the most comprehensive assessment of the development of your baby possible at each stage of pregnancy.

We use an advanced ultrasound scanner with unique high-resolution probes.

We do not need you to have a full bladder for the scans,

In most cases, the technology we use allows the Viability Scan to be performed transabdominally (the transducer is placed over your belly),

You can chose to do transvaginal (internal) scan in order to get high quality ‘microscopic’ views of your tiny baby and to confirm normal development of the pregnancy.

Anyway we do not only date the pregnancy, but also examine how it is developing,

We will explain the next steps, scans and tests recommended throughout your pregnancy,

You will get digital and hard copies of your images and clips (only digital) and digital and hard copies of your scan report,

Referrals arranged as required.

What is the optimal time to perform Viability Scan?

The optimal gestational age for the scan is from 7 weeks.

Early Viability Scan: we are sometimes able to offer an early Viability Scan from around 6 weeks for patients who have painless spotting, light bleeding, or brown discharge from the vagina in order to exclude possible miscarriage.

Low abdominal pains together with bleeding can be associated with ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is potentially a life threatening complication both for the mother. If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding and pain, please contact your nearest A&E unit and avoid coming in for a scan.

How are pregnancy weeks counted?

Good question, they don’t teach that at schools! Pregnancy weeks are counted from the first day of your last menstrual period date. You can use our easy-to-use pregnancy calculator to get an estimate. At your Viability Scan we will also provide you with an estimated due date based on the size of the embryo.

Can Viability Scan detect fetal anomalies?

About 3% of all the babies will have some structural anomalies, or chromosomal or genetic syndromes. Understandably many mothers will be very happy to exclude those conditions as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, before 10 weeks the baby has not finished its primary body formation and development and is still considered an embryo. Therefore, it is not possible to exclude anomalies before 10 weeks.

However, from 10 weeks the baby is considered a fetus, meaning it is fully formed and resembles a tiny human. This means that our ultrasound scanners, which are specially designed to obtain high-resolution images, can be used to examine the fully developed structures of the fetus, such as the heart. Our 10 Weeks Scan can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy; however we will have to use a specifically-designed high resolution transvaginal probe to obtain these images. Please note that the 10 Weeks Scan is a much more comprehensive examination of the fetus and has different pricing to the Viability Scan.

Learn more about our different 1st Trimester Scans

What is Ectopic Pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is a condition when gestational egg implants outside of the cavity of the womb. Ectopic pregnancy is potentially a life-threatening complication for the mother. If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as vaginal bleeding and pain, please contact your nearest A&E unit and avoid coming in for a scan.

What is the earliest stage of pregnancy to exclude severe fetal anomalies?

Before 10 weeks the baby has not finished its primary development and is still considered an embryo. Therefore, it is not possible to screen for any congenital anomalies.

However, from 10 weeks the baby is considered a fetus, meaning many of its organs have started forming and it begins to resemble a tiny human. This means that our ultrasound scanners, which are especially designed to obtain high-resolution images, can be used to examine the development of structures such as the heart, extremities and spine. The 10 week scan, can be done at 10-11 weeks and is the earliest anomaly scan out there aimed to screen for 10 structural anomalies. We also recommend to take a NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Test) together with your 10 week scan. NIPT is a cf-DNA blood test and is currently the most accurate screening test (>99% accuracy) for screening for Down’s Syndrome, Edward’s Syndrome and Patau’s Syndrome.

Learn more about our 10 Week Scan and NIPT packages here.

Can I have my images from the scan? What else will I get?

Yes, of course. We use Tricefy which is a secure cloud system to upload images and videos from your scan to be viewed before you even leave the scanning room! You will also receive a hard and soft copy of your detailed ultrasound report as well as some high-quality colour printouts for you to take home with you on the day!

Tricefy also allows you to download the images and videos from the scan and share him with your loved ones via message/social media.

Do you want to know more about our Viability Scan?

Contact us now
London Pregnancy Clinic
regulated-by-care-quality-commission
Location

36 Spital Square

London E1 6DY
United Kingdom

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
9am-9pm

Saturday
10am-4pm

regulated-by-care-quality-commission
Public Transport

Tube:
Elizabeth, Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines to Liverpool Street or Northern line to Moorgate.

Overground at Shoreditch High Street. All stations within 5-10 minutes' walk.

Parking

We are within the Congestion Charge Zone (just!) with a few pay-and-display parking spaces in front of the building. 

Parking available in Shoreditch which is just outside the Congestion Charge Zone.

Follow Us
© Union Dental. All rights reserved.
Powered by YOOtheme.

© Agentur Karl & Karl - London Pregnancy Clinic

Call us
Book Now
WhatsApp