Ultrasound In
Early Pregnancy...


Ultrasound In Early Pregnancy...


Early pregnancy scan


The aim of this service is to provide rapid access to diagnostic tests for women with complications of early pregnancy. It can also be more convenient to attend a private appointment where you have more choice about the time and date of your scan. If there are concerns about your baby, you may wish to have an earlier appointment rather than waiting for an hospital appointment.

Common reasons for assessment


To date a pregnancy and check for the presence of a heartbeat.


Unexplained bleeding in early pregnancy.


Lower abdominal pain in early pregnancy.


Possible miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. 


Reassurance following a previous miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. 


To determine the number of foetuses. 


What does an early pregnancy assessment involve?


Early pregnancy assessment is carried out by using transvaginal ultrasonography (TV) and on occasions by a blood test, human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG). The scan is performed with the probe placed in the vagina - 'an internal scan'. This is useful in the early stage of pregnancy particularly when the initial trans-abdominal scan is inconclusive. The fetal heart beat can be seen as early as 6 week gestation and it is easier to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy using TV scanning. TV scans do not require a full bladder. If there are uncertainties about the pregnancy, this investigation may be complemented by a blood test (human chorionic gonadotrophin). Following the scan you will be informed about your pregnancy and whether or not any treatment is needed. In the unfortunate event of an abnormal result, advice and further management will be offered. All results will be given to you immediately at the time of your visit. A written report of the consultation will be sent to your referring doctor on the same day.

©Sussex Gynaecologist