Late Growth/Wellbeing (24+ Weeks)
The late growth scan is a reassuring scan and can be performed at any time from 24 weeks to around 33-34 weeks. This is ideal for looking at blood flow in the umbilical artery, checking your baby’s growth and wellbeing and having a look at your baby’s face !
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.
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.
How Much Does The Scan Cost?
The Late Growth/Wellebing Scan costs £165 and includes:
- A CD of still 2D and 3D images
- Some printed 2D and 3D images
- A DVD* of real-time moving 4D images. *No audio, but you are welcome to record the baby’s heartbeat on your phone during the scan – for more information on the importance of detecting the baby’s heartbeat, please click here)
- A detailed medical report for your records
PLEASE NOTE: There are no hidden extras in the scan fees, and no extra is charged for 3D and 4D images, CD or DVD.
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.