Private Anatomy / Anomaly Ultrasound
+ Uterine Artery Doppler study | From 18 - 24 Weeks
An Anatomy / Anomaly Ultrasound Scan is performed at the mid-way point of your pregnancy and is performed to assess the physical development of the baby. Pregnancy is an exciting journey. However, it is not without its challenges and stressors. Knowledge empowers you and your family to safeguard your baby’s health and take any required steps to ensure a happy and healthy outcome.
Scans performed by Specialist Senior Sonographers can flag potential anomalies early, plot the growth of your baby, provide required referrals, and reveal the sex of your baby if requested. Feel confident in the care you receive and gain peace of mind.
All Fees Inclusive
Anatomy / Anomaly
Your Ultrasound Checks For
Risk-free ultrasound scans and uterine artery Doppler studies provide crucial information about your baby’s health, growth, and development.
All Fees Inclusive
One-to-One Specialist Appointment
Feel confident in the care you receive. Our specialists can interpret your scan and provide comprehensive advice if necessary.
No Referral Required
You do not require a referral before booking an appointment with our clinic — giving you back complete control of your health.
We aim to provide results to you on the day of your visit. Our Specialist Sonographer will explain their findings during your ultrasound examination.
Full Digital Report
Following your appointment, a complete digital report of your Ultrasound examination will be emailed to you directly and securely.
High-Res Digital Images
In addition to the report, images of your scan will be sent for you to share with a healthcare specialist of your choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
This scan is performed at the mid-way point of your pregnancy and is performed to assess the physical development of the baby. By this stage of the pregnancy, your baby has developed his or her organs.
The ultrasound examination provides a comprehensive assessment of the organs, including identifying specific structures and anomalies that may occur.
We also assess your womb and specifically the placenta to ensure it is in a safe position and to help with planning for your choice of delivery.
You will be offered your foetal anatomy ultrasound about halfway through your pregnancy, at the 18 to 23-week mark.
The foetal anatomy ultrasound offers important information about the health and anatomy of your baby. At Harley Street Ultrasound, our comprehensive anatomy scan includes:
- A detailed check of foetal anatomy.
- Foetal biometry, which measures your baby’s size. Your specialist consultant will measure the head, abdomen, and thigh bone and calculate the estimated foetal weight (EFW). They will plot the EFW on a growth chart.
- Assessment of the amniotic fluid, which surrounds the growing foetus.
- Assessment of the position of your placenta.
- Assessment of your cervix. Your consultant will undertake the ultrasound transabdominally (over your tummy). However, if any concerns arise, they will perform a transvaginal scan with your permission.
- If requested, the sex of your baby. Let your consultant know before your scan.
In addition to the above, your specialist will also undertake uterine artery doppler studies – a quick and pain-free process that assesses various risk factors. For example, it checks to see whether the baby is small for his or her gestational age and evaluates the risk of preeclampsia.
On the very rare occasion, your consultant suspects an anomaly, a referral will be made to a foetal medicine specialist. Your baby’s health is our top priority, and we believe in giving our patients access to the highest standard of medical care.
We recommend that all pregnant people undergo an anomaly scan at the 18 to 23-week mark. Your baby’s wellbeing is paramount, and the anomaly ultrasound provides critical information about his or her growth.
If a condition is detected, which is highly unlikely, you can take the necessary steps to ensure the best possible outcome through ongoing support and monitoring.
What’s more, ultrasounds are non-invasive and do not use radiation, which makes them safe for both you and your baby.
Your specialist will study the major systems in your baby’s growing body, this will screen for the 11 auditable conditions:
- Edwards’ syndrome (T18)
- Patau’s syndrome (T13)
- Spina bifida
- Cleft lip
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- Congenital heart disease
- Bilateral renal agenesis
- Lethal skeletal dysplasia
including the heart, brain, spine, face, limbs, hands, feet, spine, bowel, and kidneys.
- When checking the brain, your specialists will examine the shape of the cerebellum (located at the back of the brain) and fluid-filled spaces throughout.
- When examining the heart, your specialist will look for heart defects, which are one of the leading causes of congenital disabilities. In the unlikely event of a prenatal diagnosis following your scan, you will have an opportunity to prepare your medical team and organise the best possible care – both during pregnancy and after birth.
- When assessing the face, your specialist should be able to identify a cleft lip.
- When evaluating the spine, your specialists will look for spina bifida.
- Your specialist will examine the position of your placenta. They will determine whether you have a condition called placenta previa, where the placenta partially or fully covers the cervix. They will also check the cervix, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid.
For the Baby:
- The baby’s gender at your request
- Urinary Bladder
- Brain & Head
- Arms and Legs
- Face (with particular attention to the eyes and mouth)
- Umbilical cord
For the Mother:
- Position of the baby and placenta
- Amniotic fluid
Ultrasounds are powerful and safe diagnostic tools that offer critical information about your baby’s health, giving you peace of mind.
However, while anatomy scans can detect many health conditions, the system isn’t perfect, and some conditions cannot be detected by ultrasound.
Anomalies that are typically easily detected during a scan include spina bifida and cleft lips. However, heart defects may be more challenging to identify as the foetal heart anatomy differs to live birth and nationally only 50% of cardiac abnormalities can be detected by ultrasound.
The good news is that most of the major conditions fall into this category.
If you have any questions about the accuracy of pregnancy ultrasounds, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to ease your concerns during this exciting time of life.
Yes – but only if you want to know. Let your specialist know if you’d like to find out during your anatomy scan. If not, they won’t spoil any surprises for you. This is your journey, and you and your family are in the driver’s seat.
Ultrasounds do not use radiation like X-rays and other medical imaging technologies. Instead, they use sound waves to capture images of your baby. There are no known risks associated with ultrasound, and the process is quick, non-invasive, and pain-free.
If your consultant detects a potential anomaly, you will be referred to a foetal medicine specialist and may be offered further testing. Some tests carry risks. It’s important to speak with a trusted healthcare professional before deciding whether to take additional tests.
During your ultrasound, you lie down on an examination table or bed. a special gel will be applied to your abdomen and pelvic area.
The gel is water-based, so it shouldn’t leave marks on your clothes or skin. The gel helps the sound waves travel properly.
Next, a small wand is used, called a transducer, onto your belly. The transducer is moved around the gel area to capture black and white images onto the ultrasound screen.
They may ask you to move or hold your breath while they capture images. The technician then checks to see if the necessary images were captured and if they are clear.
Your doctor or midwife will want to know the results of your scan and are likely to ask you for a copy.
If you have any concerns about your scan, we can arrange for you to discuss with an on-site/local Consultant Obstetrician.
To obtain good images we require you to have a full bladder. We advise drinking at least 4 glasses of water 45 minutes to an hour before your private ultrasound scan.
There is no particular type of care required after a Anatomy / Anomaly Ultrasound Scan You may resume your regular diet and daily activities unless your doctor advises you differently.
There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures to ultrasound at the intensity levels used in diagnostic ultrasound.
But depending on your particular results, the doctor may give you additional or alternative instructions after the procedure.
Many of our patients are concerned that if they come to us for an ultrasound, they won’t be able to go back to public health. That simply is not the case.
Our goal is to give you answers as quickly as possible and get you on the right treatment path fast – no strings attached.
When you come to us, you will be seen by a qualified specialist who can determine if your situation is serious or not that same day.
We don’t want you to wait weeks on end for an appointment because every minute counts when it comes to something as important as your health.
If your situation is serious, our specialist will write to your doctor on the NHS advising them that you need an urgent appointment.
Registered & Regulated
Our team are fully registered and regulated for practice in the United Kingdom. Our patients should expect nothing less.
Team of Specialists
The team at Harley Street Ultrasound Group is made up of Specialist Consultants and Specialist Sonographers you can rely upon. They are among the best in the industry.
This is backed up with a full range of qualifications and accreditations. All of our specialists are fully registered with all applicable medical regulatory bodies.
What Our Patients Say About Their Experience
We are committed to providing a high standard of care to our patients. Take a look at some of the incredible responses we have received.
The doctor was super patient, super kind and the best experience ever. He was listening to me rather than hearing me. He explained everything so carefully and patiently, ensuring he answered and eased all my worries. You can always feel the service provided has given you your money’s worth.
20 Mar 2023
I loved the atmosphere. The staff was prepared and very friendly. I was nervous, but I relaxed myself after one minute.
18 Mar 2023
Very efficient service and knowledgeable staff. I was put at ease through the whole procedure.
18 Mar 2023
Excellent service from start to finish. From taking my calls, booking, greeting on arrival, speed of service, friendly staff, very experienced consultant. It was a brilliant experience!
16 Mar 2023
The doctor was so professional and thorough, putting me at ease immediately. I could see that he is a very compassionate person. I haven’t seen a doctor like him in years. Thank you.
13 Mar 2023
I was taken into the Ultrasound room and the doctor did the check-up and found that everything was normal. He showed me both sides of my neck, the images of my salivary glands, lymph nodes on both sides and thyroid etc., I was very happy with the way Dr. explained everything. Soon after I received the images and the report by email. Thanks for a wonderful experience and great service by the attending Doctor and the staff
11 Mar 2023
Consistently excellent. Highly capable, truly caring professionals. Impossible to fault. Everyone with whom I have been in contact was extremely professional and efficient, warm and friendly. Please don’t change, what you have is very special.
11 Mar 2023
Had a really great experience from start to finish, had the opportunity to ask questions and put any worries to rest as well which was really important to me as a first-time mother!
10 Mar 2023
Wonderful quick appointment. The doctor and Nurse were so polite and kind. Results straight away and brilliant advice is given for the future. Would definitely go back if needed.
9 Mar 2023
Extremely professional experience. My treatment and care was excellent. I thoroughly recommend using this company to give you the best possible experience in assessing your cares and worries.
9 Mar 2023
I was happy with the whole experience; it was straightforward, direct and professional in every way and efficiently carried out. It is what I wanted and expected.
7 Mar 2023
Booking, timing, reception, and explanation the procedure of ultrasound by the nurse and doctor was good.
7 Mar 2023
Monika was excellent and fully supportive. Without her, I would not be able to get there. And the team in the clinic was most helpful, cheerful and very professional. Dr Trevor Gaunt has explained everything in detail. I highly recommend your services.
2 Mar 2023
Very happy with the care that I received at the clinic. I saw the radiographer for an ultrasound scan and the gynaecologist as an emergency today, both professional and kind. All my questions were answered. I feel reassured. I would be very happy to recommend someone to the clinic and will come back if I need to in the future.
2 Mar 2023
Great experience. Very kind clinicians. Everyone was very nice and made me feel at ease. Excellent radiologist.
2 Mar 2023
We were extremely pleased with the easy online booking, very pleasant staff and professional manner, including sharing patient info with the patient step by step.
22 Feb 2023
Very welcoming, relaxed, professional and efficient. Excellent, professional, friendly service. Well worth paying for. Results were sent very quickly. The recommendations were very clear.
21 Feb 2023
Dr Shah, Consultant Radiologist and all the staff I came in contact with were extremely polite and communicated effectively. Kept me informed and supported me.
19 Feb 2023
Absolutely fantastic specialists. I booked an abdominal & pelvic scan, as I had worries about my health and wanted to find out the reasons why I am not well. Very nice and calm atmosphere in the clinic. Everyone is brilliant. Thank you for your care about me.
18 Feb 2023
Very professional service by assertive doctors. The advice provided was balanced, and I felt comfortable with the suggested next steps.
17 Feb 2023
Lovely service. Quick, efficient and very clear. The doctor was very calming and reassuring. Wonderful service.
16 Feb 2023
Was made to feel comfortable by explaining how the process would go and to feel free to ask questions at any time. Straight forward, you get what you paid for in the convenience of your own time.
15 Feb 2023
Easy to book an appointment and excellent care. The doctors and chaperone were friendly and professional. They put me at ease and provided excellent service.
11 Feb 2023
Good service. Doctor was first-class, efficient and tentative.
10 Feb 2023
Lovely staff, environment and feel safe and cared for. Would definitely recommend. Have already been 3 times myself.
9 Feb 2023
I found Chloe and the team friendly, informative, thorough, non-judgmental and reassuring. Made me feel welcome and answered all my questions. Would highly recommend.
6 Feb 2023
Highly satisfied with the service provided, very professional staff, prompt results, and I had all my questions answered. I highly recommend it. Very welcoming, professional and with an obvious level of expertise.
4 Feb 2023
Staff are all so friendly and caring. I felt at ease throughout my appointment for a complete breast assessment. Results were straight away and discussed through with me immediately with my consultant. The results were emailed to me within an hour of my appointment ending. All round fantastic service.
3 Feb 2023
The details of what my appointment involved were clear, the online booking system was easy to use and convenient. I arrived early, and the friendly staff squeezed me into a schedule gap. In my appointment, I did not feel as though I had been squeezed into any schedule gap: all staff, including the consultant, made me feel comfortable and as though they had time for questions, time for listening and were happy to help. I received my report no longer than two hours after I left the clinic. Highly recommend.
3 Feb 2023
Dr Kate Hawtin was excellent both in her manner and professionalism. She explained everything comprehensively and her report was transparent and clear. Also, Monika, who is the receptionist and escorts clients to the examination room, was very helpful and courteous.
2 Feb 2023
The whole experience was super positive. I had an early pregnancy scan and felt in very good hands. Highly recommend!!!
1 Feb 2023
Amazing experience a lively team who really went the extra mile and helped me feel more at ease on what was happening with me. Great services would definetly recommend.
27 Jan 2023
Excellent and professional service from beginning to end. Special mention to the helpful and welcoming nurse. Thank you to Dr Tahir Hussain for his clear explanation of the scan. I look forward to my next check-up with him at Harley Street Ultrasound.
26 Jan 2023
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