The scan can confirm the number of babies in the uterus, the embryo can be observed and measured by about five and a half weeks and a heartbeat usually detected by 6 weeks.
Scans at this stage in pregnancy are reassuring for women experiencing bleeding, pain or who have had previous miscarriages.
It can also help to diagnose abnormalities or problems, help determine the age of the pregnancy and subsequent due date as well as showing the position of the placenta in relation to the birth canal.
The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (in their 2000 document on Ultrasound Screening), recommend an Early Pregnancy Scan, undertaken before 15 weeks, which can combine the functions of the Early Viability Scan, Nuchal Translucency Scan and dating scan. These two scans are the ‘minimum’ number of scans required during pregnancy and are offered by ¾ of ultrasound units in the UK.
Individual circumstances may dictate that more scans may be offered and a breakdown of what you could receive is detailed below.
Early viability scan This usually takes place at 6 to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
You may need to have a full bladder for this scan, as this makes the ultrasound image clearer.
You can ask your midwife or doctor before the scan if this is the case. Find out more about what happens during a pregnancy ultrasound scan.A pregnancy can be seen from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period (LMP) and not the date of conception.If you have had any bleeding or pain or any other symptoms then this scan will accurately confirm viability.It records high-frequency sound waves that create an image (see Reference 4).Normally, ultrasounds before until week 4 of pregnancy shows nothing in the uterus and serve no purpose.Just wanting to know if any others have had an EDD from a scan that was different to the EDD calculated based on their LMP (last menstrual period).