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FAQs

FAQs

QAre 3D and 4d ultrasound scans safe?
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A 4D scan is as safe as the conventional 2D scan. Ultrasound scans, unlike X-rays or CT scan, do not employ any form of radiation.

The only theoretical risk is that of raised temperature. It is a well known scientific fact that the sound waves do cause a rise of temperature in the tissues where they pass through. The rise in temperature is dependent on acoustic power and scan duration. All modern scanners display what is known as a Thermal Index (TI). The index tells the operator about any change in tissue temperature. It is displayed continuously on the screen and therefore the operator stays within the accepted safe Thermal Index range.

There is solid evidence that elevation of temperature by 1.5°C above normal (37°C) is perfectly safe. In practice, this is rarely reached. It is also true that, in theory, the tissue temperature needs to rise to about 41°C to have the potential of causing harm. It is virtually impossible to reach this temperature in regular pregnancy ultrasound scanning

The paragraph below summarises the recommendations of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) with regard to social scanning.

"Very little information is currently available regarding possible subtle biological effects of diagnostic levels of ultrasound on the developing human embryo or fetus, and the possibility of developmental effects in the brain cannot be ruled out. There is evidence that diagnostic levels of ultrasound can influence development of the brain in small animals, although it is not possible to extrapolate this finding to the human situation. A balance must always be maintained between diagnostic benefit and risk to the patient."

In order to limit any possible effect of ultrasound on the developing embryo/fetus, all times stated are approximate and scanning duration will be conducted on an 'as long as required' basis to provide the relevant information. 

QHow do I book a scan with Premier Scans?
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To book any of our ultrasound scans please call 01455 363060 Monday to Saturday 

To email please see our Contact Us page.

If you require further information regarding any of our scans feel free to contact us.  Our full contact details are listed on the Contact Us page.

Premier Scans Opening Hours

Monday: 9am - 7pm 
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm 
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm 
Thursday: 9am - 6pm 
Friday: 9am - 4pm 
Saturday: 9am - 5pm 
Sunday Occasional Sunday opening - contact to discuss

QWhat can you see in an Anomaly Scan?
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After checking your baby’s heartbeat, the main purpose of this anomaly scan is to check your baby’s anatomy for normality. A thorough examination of your baby’s head, brain, face, heart, stomach, umbilical cord insertion, spine, kidneys, bladder and limbs will be undertaken. The placenta will be checked for its position and measurements of your baby will be performed to ensure it is growing normally.

Most babies are healthy but sadly some have serious problems, when you attend for your anomaly scan we will assume that you wish to know about all problems that are detected by the scan and any concerns raised.  It may be necessary for us to discuss the problem with your midwife or doctor, we will always explain any scan findings with you at the time of the anomaly scan and give you advice and guidance where we can.

The ability to check the baby's development is dependent upon many factors. The bodyweight of the mother and the manner in which the baby lies in the womb are major issues. However, sometimes we cannot obtain what we consider perfect views of a certain part of the baby's body. In this case you will be invited back for a repeat scan. This happens in about 10% of cases so please do not be alarmed if this happens to you, you are only charged for the one visit.

Over half of all serious congenital malformations can be detected by the 20 week scan. Therefore, if your baby appears normal on scan there is only a small chance that your baby will have a problem. This is because some problems may not be present at 20 weeks but develop later in the pregnancy.

QWhat can you see in an Early Pregnancy Scan?
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This is dependent upon the date of your pregnancy:

  • At 5 weeks a pregnancy sac and yolk sac may be seen.
  • At 6 weeks an early embryo should be seen and you may also be able to see fetal heart pulsations.
  • At 7 weeks fetal heart activity should be present and you should also be able to differentiate between the fetal head and body.
  • From 8 weeks the outline of your baby is seen more clearly and limb buds may be formed.

If necessary the sonographer may refer you to your GP or local hospital for some blood tests to help determine if your pregnancy is healthy and in the correct location.

QWhat is a Free 3D/4D Peek Scan?
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Upon completion of your early pregnancy scan or sexing scan our staff at Premier Scans will ask if you wish to have a free 3D/4D Peek of your baby (available from 14 weeks gestation).  Our staff will spend up to a maximum of 5 minutes obtaining images of your baby.

Should you wish to purchase images from the 4D Peek you may do so for an additional fee, the images obtained from the 4D Peek are not included in the cost of your original scan:

  • Black and white 3D Thermal prints (price per print) - £2.50
  • Photo Quality Colour prints (price per print) - £5.00
  • JPEG images on CD-ROM (all images) - £10.00

You will not be charged for this scan, however in some instances our highly experienced staff may be unable to obtain any recognisable images of your baby’s face, if this happens then unfortunately you will not be eligible for a free rescan.

Please note that your pregnancy scan or sexing scan will take priority during your appointment and we are not able to detect Down Syndrome or other fetal anomalies during the Free 3D/4D Peek.

QWhat is the difference between 2d, 3d and 4d ultrasound scans?
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It is important to make it clear that 3D and 4D ultrasound is exactly the same technology as the conventional 2D ultrasound that everybody is familiar with.

Ultrasound is basically very high frequency sound waves. These sound waves are at a frequency well beyond the perception of the human ear and therefore no sound is actually audible.

Conventional or ‘standard’ ultrasound gives an image in two dimensions. 3D ultrasound, as the name suggests, gives a three-dimensional image. However, as is the convention, 3D describes a static image. With this technological development, you can see the baby in 3D and see the motion as well. It is the motion that is described as the fourth dimension hence the term 4D. In other words, you can see your baby in three dimensions and see all the action taking place in the womb.

The 3D baby scan can then be given any colour but in most cases is given a golden hue as it is regarded to be the most aesthetically pleasing.

Compared with the traditional 2D scanning the new 4D scanning technology gives you more insight into what is happening within the mother’s womb.  With the 4D baby scans you are able to see the foetus in extraordinary lifelike detail, especially in the later stages of pregnancy when you can see the fetus behave in a similar manner to a newborn baby. With 3D and 4D baby scan technology you can see the fetus smile, yawn, suck on his or her fingers, scratch his or her nose and exhibit many other behaviours of a newborn baby.

QWhat to expect in an Early Pregnancy Scan
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The sonographer will first try to scan you through your tummy (trans-abdominally) as using the latest technology high resolution ultrasound machine we are usually able to obtain a clear image using this technique.

If however the image is unclear you will be asked to empty your bladder in preparation for a scan to be performed internally (trans-vaginally).  This is not painful and is sometimes the best way to obtain clear images in early pregnancy.

You will be asked to remove all clothing from your lower half, a clean sheet is provided to wrap around your waist, then once back on the examination couch, a long thin probe is inserted.  Performing an Early Pregnancy Scan this way is not harmful to you or your baby nor will it increase your chances of having a miscarriage.

QWhen do I receive results of my Anomaly Scan?
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A medical report from your anomaly scan will be available immediately after your appointment.  The Sonographer performing the scan will discuss the findings in detail and will be able to answer any further questions you may have.

All your products will be available to take away on the day.  If however, we encounter any unexpected delays in the processing we will send them out to you by post within 2 working days.

QWhen do I receive results of my Baby Sexing or Gender Scan?
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Measurements will be taken of your baby to assess his or her wellbeing.  As a private medical practice, we at Premier Scans believe that whenever a mother has a scan the health and wellbeing of her baby should always be checked.  You will be provided with a report at the end of the scan which will display the various measurements taken and any related charts. The Sonographer performing the scan will be able to answer any further questions you may have.  In the event that a problem is identified, our expert team will make the necessary arrangements for your follow-up care.

All your products will be available to take away on the day.  If however, we encounter any unexpected delays in the processing we will send out by post within 2 working days.

QWhen do I receive results of my Early Pregnancy Scan?
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A medical report from your Early Pregnancy Scan will be available immediately after your appointment.  The Sonographer performing the scan will be able to answer any further questions you may have.

Please note that a pregnancy is only considered clinically viable when a regular fetal heart beat has been observed. If the presence of a fetal heart beat has not been detected you may be advised to attend for a re-scan at a later date when viability is more likely to be confirmed.

All your products will be available to take away on the day.  If however, we encounter any unexpected delays in the processing we will send out by post within 2 working days.

QWhere do I make a complaint
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Premier Scans is dedicated to providing a high quality service and hopes that every client will feel entirely satisfied with the quality of care they receive.  As part of this commitment, Premier Scans has a rigorous complaints procedure, which is available to any client who may require it.

If you have a grievance

If you would like to discuss your expectations or any aspect of your treatment at Premier Scans, they you should initially speak to the relevant member of staff so the complaint may be addressed, and possibly resolved straight away.  If you feel that this does not resolve the issues, then you should put your complaint in writing however, complaints may be received in person, by telephone, fax or email.

To ensure that Premier Scans is made fully aware of the concerns, the information should be supplied in writing so the matter can be processed through the Premier Scans complaints system.  If you are unable to do this, a member of Premier Scans is available to help.  It is the responsibility of the person receiving the complaint to ensure that the full nature and details of the complaint are understood and that the originator is made aware of this complaints procedure

Objectives of the Complaints Procedure

The complaints procedure is designed to give a client an opportunity to fully outline their grievances and to address them with a representative of Premier Scans.  It is the responsibility of Premier Scans to:

  • Ensure that all reasonable assistance is given to a client in presenting the complaint
  • Ensure that the complaint is fully investigated
  • Produce a response detailing the results of any investigations
  • Produce an explanation of what happened
  • Produce, where appropriate, an apology
QWhy choose Premier Scans for my Anomaly Scan?
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Having an anomaly scan at Premier Scans ensures you will receive a professional, personal and discreet service at a time that suits you.

Appointments are available 7 days a week including evenings, this means you can arrange your anomaly scan at a time convenient for yourself, family and friends.

If there is anything special you want then please ask, we are sure we can accommodate your request.

QWhy choose Premier Scans for my Baby Sexing or Gender Scan?
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Having a Sexing or Gender Scan at Premier Scans ensures you will receive a personal and friendly service at a time that suits you.

Appointments are available 7 days a week including evenings, this means you can confirm the sex of your baby at a time convenient for yourself, family and friends.  If there is anything special you want please ask, we are sure we can accommodate your request.

QWhy choose Premier Scans for my Early Pregnancy Scan?
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Having an Early Pregnancy Scan at Premier Scans ensures you will receive a professional, personal and discreet service at a time that suits you.

Appointments are available 7 days a week including evenings, this means you can confirm your pregnancy and plan your diary without revealing your personal news to family, friends or work colleagues.