What happens at a scan?
Please attend 5 minutes prior to your appointment. You will have your temperature checked and be required to sign our track and trace log book. You will be asked to complete a consent form prior to the start of the scan. We will book you in and explain the procedure. You can also browse our clinic shop. Please note heartbeat bears are only available from 15 weeks and must be purchased prior to the scan, as we need to record your baby’s heartbeat while the scan is taking place. Please note if you have booked in for an Early Health check we will scan you on top of the stomach, if the view is limited the Sonographer may offer you an internal scan.What do I need to do before the scan?
If you are visiting us for an Early health check or gender scan please attend with a full bladder. Everybody is different in terms of how long it takes for their bladder to fill so please just make sure you have a drink prior to coming, please refrain from emptying your bladder if you can help it! We know for pregnant women this is sometimes easier said than done!What if i'm Expecting Twins?
Are you expecting twins? Double congratulations to you! We are happy to scan multiples of any order here at magical views, twins, triplets or quads! 😲 !
For our gender reveal and reassurance packages there is a surcharge of £30. However, if you’re considering a 3D/4D scan we think its only fair to warn you, double babies are double trouble! The image quality is often substantially worse with multiple pregnancies in 3D/4D. We ask you to please consider calling us or popping in to see us first. We can discuss what gestation would be most appropriate for you and whether the position of the babies is suitable or not. There is a £40 surcharge for 3D/4D multiple pregnancy scans.Should I bring my pregnancy care information?
Yes, please bring your pregnancy notes with you, whether these are paper documents or accessed via an app. We may not need to view them but if your pregnancy is already high risk or the sonographer becomes concerned during the scan, they will help us provide you with the best possible service.Can I bring anyone with me for my scan?
Yes! We welcome your friends and family and want to share your joy at the newest member of the family. We politely request that you bring a maximum of 4 guests with you to your scan as this is the maximum we can comfortably accommodate in the scan room. We are happy to allow children to visit our premises and have a small play area in the waiting room. Please note, while Covid 19 restrictions are in place we will continue to take temperatures on arrival and all guests are required to wear face coverings unless exempt. Please ensure that none of your guests are showing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 and that they have not had a positive test in the last 10 days.What will happen during the scan?
During the scan you will be asked to lie on your back on the scan couch and expose your abdomen. This generally means lifting your top up. You may wish to wear tights or trousers to keep your bottom half covered but this is of course your choice. The scan assistant will place tissue into your waistband to protect your clothing. The sonographer will then apply some ultrasound gel to your abdomen. This gel is water based, non-irritating and non-sensitising. They will then place the scan probe on your abdomen and apply gentle pressure. For most women this is not uncomfortable. We will then talk you through every step of the scan, answering any questions you have and pointing out the details of your baby for your bonding and enjoyment.How long will a scan take?
This varies depending on the scan package, position of the baby and the image quality of the scan. Please note scan times are shorter than the actual appointment time as we have to factor in time for printing images and administration etc. We are also obliged by British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) regulations to keep the scan time as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) while still meeting the purposes of the scan. This may mean that if the baby is not in an optimal position we will ask you to return, either later in the same day or on another occasion to try and complete the scan.Is ultrasound safe for me and my baby?
Ultrasound has been widely used in obstetrics for many decades and there is no evidence of any harm ever being caused by its use. The British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) has produced some safe use guidelines which we at Magical Views will follow. This guidance sets limits on the amount of time we will scan you for. We will also follow the ALARA principle which means that we keep the scan time as short as reasonably achievable to meet the goal of the scan. In this case the goal of the scan is to provide you with a bonding experience. For further information on the safety of Ultrasound please view the following government advice. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ultrasound-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-the-impact-of-exposure/ultrasound-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-impact-of-exposure. You may also ask your sonographer who is fully trained in the safety of ultrasound and can answer your questions for you on this matter.Should I still attend my NHS scan?
YES! The scans at Magical Views Ltd are different to the ones performed in the NHS and do not replace any part of your care. Please keep all of your NHS antenatal appointments including your scans.What is an Internal Scan?
It may be necessary to use a transvaginal ultrasound to examine the following internal organs:
vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries,
The Sonographer may also recommend that some pregnant women have a transvaginal ultrasound as it can be helpful for:
checking the heartbeat of the fetus, confirming the date of pregnancy, assessing the condition of the placenta, checking for ectopic pregnancy, monitoring pregnancies with a higher risk of miscarriage.
It may be offered if the Pregnancy sack or its contents are too small to see over the top of the tummy.
The transducer resembles a wand in shape and is slightly larger than a tampon. The sonographer will cover the transducer with a condom and lubricating gel before inserting it into the vagina.
The images that the transducer captures will display immediately on the screen, making it possible for the sonographer and individual to monitor the examination process in real time.
ultrasound scanning techniques do not use radiation, which means that they have no harmful side effects and are very safe. If you require any more information please call us and we can talk you through the procedure.
Please note you can decline to have an Internal scan and we will simply book you back in for a complimentary re scan at a later date.
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