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Most common questions about anomaly scans.
This is a thorough ultrasound scan of the baby's anatomy and takes up to half an hour. The scan checks for a wide range of abnormalities that can be seen with ultrasound. It should be kept in mind that ultrasound is not able to identify all abnormalities.
The structure of the head, heart, abdomen, internal organs, umbilical cord, limbs, and spine is carefully assessed in addition to measurements to check baby's growth. The position of the placenta and the fluid around the baby is also assessed.
The anomaly scan usually takes up to 30 minutes. During the appointment our sonographer will:
You will receive a detailed report for your doctor/midwife, as well as several prints of the scan.
We perform anomaly scans between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, but ideally between 20 and 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The sonographer will carefully examine your baby's body. Having the scan does not hurt, but the sonographer may need to apply slight pressure to get the best views of the baby.
Please do not worry if the sonographer is quiet during the anomaly scan, as it is a very detailed scan, which requires a lot of concentration. Once they have taken all necessary measurements, the sonographer will then explain the results to you.
A wide range of abnormalities affecting the development of a healthy baby can be diagnosed, including:
It is important to realise that the anomaly scan cannot guarantee that your baby is going to be completely healthy.
During the Anomaly Scan our sonographer will look at various anatomical details that may not be immediately recognisable to the untrained eye. This ultrasound scan is very accurate but unfortunately it cannot diagnose 100% of abnormalities.
Each woman also needs to understand the limitations of the scan:
The image quality may be compromised by a number of factors, such as:
Anomaly Scans are usually performed between 20 and 24 weeks.
Phone: 01 4923544