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Check the baby’s anatomy
Determine the size of the placenta
Assess the amount of amniotic fluid
Measure the baby’s growth – including the baby’s head, brain, abdomen and legs
Check the heart, brain, spine, bowel, stomach, bladder, kidneys and limbs for any abnormalities
Assess the placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord
Determine the sex of the baby – if you wish
The Anomaly Scan is a detailed ultrasound scan of your baby, performed at 18-22 weeks of pregnancy to look at the detailed anatomy of the baby to determine the presence of rare conditions including those of the brain, spine or heart conditions.
The scan is a detailed, comprehensive ultrasound scan to check your baby's brain, face and lips, heart, spine, stomach, kidneys, bowel and limbs. This scan can pick up most problems but not every condition. The scan will also check the baby’s growth, placental location and function, amniotic fluid volume and the umbilical cord.
You can also find out the sex of your baby from the Anomaly Scan if you wish to know.
To optimise image quality, it is best to have a full bladder for this scan.
We will give a detailed explanation of our ultrasound findings.
What if the news is not what you expected?
If we detect a problem on your anomaly scan we will arrange for further scanning and consultation in detail with our Consultant Fetal Medicine Specialists. They will re-evaluate your scans and counsel you in detail about the relevance of any findings, and what they recommend the next steps to be in terms of managing your pregnancy. Alternatively, you have the option to go back to your NHS hospital and be referred for further treatment through the NHS.
Pregnancy and Gynaecology
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