What Is This Scan For?

The fetal growth scan is particularly useful when there is any concern about the growth/size of the baby especially in women who have had complications such as pre-eclampsia, growth restriction, or diabetes in a previous pregnancy or who have developed a problem during the current pregnancy. For more information, please see Pregnancy Complications.

This scan is also for those who wish to see the baby’s face in 3D, which is normally possible between 26-32 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no hidden extras in the scan fees, and no extra is charged for 3D and 4D images. Please also bear in mind that if you have a raised BMI, this makes 3D and 4D scanning much more difficult. This is not a reason for Dr Penman to rescan.


How Is My Baby’s Growth Assessed?

The growth of your baby is assessed by taking measurements of the baby’s head, abdomen and thigh bone. In addition to this, an estimate of your baby’s weight can be calculated. The volume of the amniotic fluid, the placental position and appearance, the fetal presentation (breech/head first) and the blood flow in the umbilical cord are also assessed.


3D ultrasound scan

Can I See My Baby’s Face?

It is usually possible to obtain 3D/4D ultrasound pictures of your baby’s face between 26 – 32 weeks.




More Information

For more information on any of the scans Dr Penman offers, please click the button below.




Booking This Scan

You can book a fetal growth/wellbeing scan by clicking on the blue appointment button below.

Alternatively, please visit the Contact Us page and ring the hospital of your choice.