Early Pregnancy & Viability Ultrasound Scan

Early pregnancy & viability ultrasound scan

Ultrasound is an imaging technique which uses high frequency sound waves to obtain pictures of the inside of the body without the use of X-rays. It is a safe and generally painless procedure.

At 6-8 weeks of pregnancy, an internal (transvaginal) ultrasound scan is needed to obtain clear images of your baby and its surroundings. A transvaginal scan does not require a full bladder as the scan probe is placed inside the vagina and is closer to the pelvic organs being examined.

This type of scan is used to help provide clearer pictures of the womb, ovaries and surrounding structures.  The scan aims to determine the number of foetuses present and whether the pregnancy is progressing normally inside the uterus/womb.

What happens?

You will be taken into a slightly darkened examination room and made comfortable on a couch. In order to perform this scan it is necessary to gently insert the tip of an ultrasound probe into the vagina.

This is a simple and usually painless procedure. The probe is a little bigger than the size of a finger or a tampon, and produces pictures on a TV screen.

The consultant carrying out the scan will give you a clear explanation of the procedure before the examination and will explain what they can see on the monitor during the scan.

What are the risks?

There are no known serious risks from having a simple early pregnancy & viability ultrasound scan.