Private Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
Viability Scan | From 6 - 10 Weeks
An Early Pregnancy Ultrasound is a scan performed shortly after finding out you are pregnant. usually, 6 to 10 weeks after conception and the purpose of the scan is to confirm the pregnancy, assess early viability and provide an approximate date of the pregnancy.
Scans performed by Specialists that provide you with a uniquely tailored assessment. feel confident in the care you receive and gain peace of mind with Same-Day Results & Tailored Advice.
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Your Ultrasound Checks For
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 specialists 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
What is an Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan?
An early pregnancy scan is usually performed shortly after finding out you are pregnant.
This is usually 6 to 10 weeks after conception and the purpose of the scan is to confirm the pregnancy, assess early viability and to provide an accurate date of the pregnancy (the scan is often referred to as viability or dating scan).
If you experience any pain or bleeding in your early pregnancy, we advise having an ultrasound to check all is well. If you have experienced a miscarriage previously, we also advise having an early pregnancy ultrasound to assess the pregnancy.
We aim to provide you with the confidence and reassurance you deserve in the hands of our experienced team.
How will my early pregnancy scan be performed?
At Harley Street Ultrasound we aim to perform your scan in the most comfortable way we can for you.
The scan is performed with the ultrasound placed gently over the abdomen with gel to allow the sound waves to travel through the skin.
Occasional, however, if the pregnancy is at its earliest stages, it may be necessary to perform an internal transvaginal scan to assess the viability accurately.
Both methods are usually painless, however, some women may have minor discomfort on internal examinations.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Your specialist will guide you to the ultrasound room. You can ask any question you might have about the scan before it begins.
- Your specialist will give you privacy to undress from the waist down.
- You will lie on your back on the examination table. You may put your feet in stirrups to ensure the process is as comfortable as possible.
- The specialist will cover a small, tampon-like device called a transducer in a gel. They will insert it gently into your vagina – it should not hurt. If it does, let your specialist know. We are here to make your experience a positive one.
- When the specialist has captured enough images, they will remove the transducer and give you privacy to redress.
We strive to ensure your comfort at all times and are happy to discuss any concerns or issues you may have.
When am I ready for a Viability / Early Pregnancy Ultrasound?
Foetal viability scans are suitable for those in the early stages of their pregnancy – between six and ten weeks. Keep in mind this timeframe is calculated from the beginning of your last menstrual period (LMP) – not your last ovulation.
However, if you underwent IVF, your dates are calculated according to your egg transfer date.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for a foetal viability ultrasound, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our team is always available to ease your concerns.
What does a Viability / Early Pregnancy Scan look for?
The first trimester of pregnancy is the most crucial and, in some ways, carries the highest risk of miscarriages. A viability scan can give you vital information about your pregnancy and foetus and flag any potential issues or complications early on. Most excitingly, a viability ultrasound scan allows you to see the heartbeat.
The viability scan can tell you the following:
- Whether or not the foetus is viable – our compassionate and experienced consultants determine this by scanning for the presence of a heartbeat
- The location of your pregnancy, excluding ectopic pregnancies
- The number of foetuses – in other words, whether you are carrying a single baby, twins, triplets, and so on
- Whether an early miscarriage has occurred
- Whether subchorionic haematoma (a clot of old blood in the uterus) is present
A pregnancy scan can also result in incidental findings, such as ovarian cysts.
Will foetal anatomy be examined during the Viability / Early Pregnancy Scan?
It’s only natural to be excited and perhaps a little nervous during the viability scan. You want as much information about your new family member as possible.
During the viability ultrasound, however, foetal anatomy will not be examined, as you are too early in your pregnancy.
What are the risks associated with ultrasound scans?
When you schedule your pregnancy scan, rest easy knowing ultrasound is safe for both you and your baby when performed by a qualified and experienced consultant. Unlike X-rays and other imaging technologies, ultrasounds use soundwaves that has no radiation to capture images of your baby and the inside of your body.
Ultrasound has been used widely for over three decades, and researchers and healthcare professionals have not found any associated risks.
What do we assess as part of your private ultrasound scan?
- Our team will ensure that the pregnancy is in the correct location inside the uterus rather than ectopic (outside the uterus), which can result in complications.
- We will measure the size of a gestational sac or an embryo to confirm the age of the foetus and provide an estimated due date.
- We will visualise and listen to the foetal heartbeat to assess its viability.
- Access to onsite obstetrics and gynaecology consultants if further consultation is required.
Does everyone need a viability scan? What are the reasons to get one?
Pregnancy is a deeply personal journey, and you are free to make the choices that work best for you and your family.
Viability scans are not compulsory but are recommended, particularly in the following situations:
- You are not sure of your pregnancy dates or how far along you are
- You are experiencing light bleeding or spotting
- You are experiencing significant or unusual pain
- You have a history of ectopic pregnancy or early miscarriage
- You underwent an assisted fertility treatment, such as IVF
- You are experiencing symptoms that are causing anxiety or concern
We advise drinking a few glasses of water an hour before your ultrasound as a full bladder will improve the visibility of your pregnancy on our external ultrasound scan.
What happens after the exam?
There is no particular type of care required after a Early Pregnancy Ultrasound. 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.
How does Harley Street Ultrasound work with the National Health Service?
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 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.
At your fingertips
We provide scan images directly to your smartphone, often on the same day following your appointment. Gain the peace of mind and insight you need, without delay.
The Harley Street Experience
We aim to provide the very best experience possible to all of our patients and visitors, and this covers every aspect of our services — from our specialists to our technology and of course to our clinic itself.
When you visit us, you will find our clinic to be a clean, comfortable and reassuring environment. We also maintain a high standard of Covid-19 best practices, ensuring maximum safety at all times.
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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