What happens at a dating scan
After your scan the sonographer will leave the room to discuss the images with the radiologist or obstetrician who may require more images to be performed.
You will need to arrive with a full bladder before you have your scan.
Other information obtained includes whether the pregnancy is in the uterus or outside the uterus (an ectopic pregnancy), how many embryos there are, and whether there are any complications surrounding the pregnancy at this early stage. You will be called by the sonographer who will take you to the scanning room.
You will be asked to lie on the table and to expose your tummy and a towel will be tucked into your pants to limit spread of the gel onto your clothes.
A full bladder allows us to see your uterus and ovaries more clearly.
We normally recommend that you have 2 glasses of water a half hour before you arrive for your scan. You will lie down with your tummy exposed and a towel tucked into your pants.