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An early pregnancy ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to create a picture of how a baby is developing in the womb. It is also used to check the female pelvic organs during pregnancy. Ultrasound scans can be used to determine the cause of pain or bleeding in early pregnancy.

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Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scanning at Coyne Medical.

The early stages of pregnancy can be a time of great joy. But, it can also bring with it some anxiety and uncertainty. Early pregnancy scanning at Coyne Medical can help provide the reassurance you need. In the event that there is a problem, our experienced doctors will discuss in detail with you the best plan for you.

Ultrasound is used to tell you the location of the pregnancy, the number of fetuses, and the viability/heartbeat. The gestational sac is visualised by ultrasound as early as four and a half weeks of gestation. An embryo is viewed and measured by approximately five and a half weeks.

Ultrasound at this stage can also confirm the location of pregnancy in the uterus (normal) rather than outside the uterus (an ectopic pregnancy).

Early pregnancy ultrasound assessment can be used to:

  • To accurately date the pregnancy. This is particularly important for women who do not know the date of their last menstrual period, have an irregular cycle or have conceived whilst breastfeeding or soon after stopping the pill.
  • Assess the cause of any bleeding in early pregnancy
  • Assess the cause of pain in early pregnancy. 
  • Properly evaluate nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy
  • Check for possible miscarriage 
  • To determine the number of foetuses. Twins occur in 2% of natural conceptions and 10% of assisted conceptions.  

Our early pregnancy ultrasound scans are carried out by highly experienced and world-renowned Gynaecologist Prof. Tom Bourne.

Professor Tom Bourne MB BS (London) MRCOG FRCOG PhD FAIUM (hon)

Professor Bourne is Chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London, Hon Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital and Visiting Professor at KU Leuven Belgium. He is director of early pregnancy research at Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. He is President of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units. Tom has an international reputation for the use of ultrasonography in gynaecology including early pregnancy assessment and ovarian screening.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Thankfully, ultrasound scanning does not require much preparation. You do not need a full bladder. In fact, having an empty bladder is helpful for early pregnancy ultrasound scans.

We are not currently able to directly bill insurance companies for Ultrasound services. Many policies do not cover early pregnancy scans. We are very happy to supply paid invoices and any medical documents required to assist you to reclaim if eligible.

We accept self-pay for Ultrasound Consultations, our price list is here:

Early Pregnancy Scan £180 (single pregnancy) £220 (twin pregnancy)

Follicle Tracking £240

You may be familiar with pregnancy ultrasound scans which are done by passing a probe over the abdomen of a pregnant woman. In early pregnancy these require a very full bladder which can be uncomfortable. In early pregnancy or when scanning for gynaecological problems it is better to place the probe in the vagina closer to the area of interest. In this way clearer images can be obtained (and for example in pregnancy the heartbeat of the embryo can be seen at least a week earlier).

The vaginal probe is about the size of a tampon and for most women the examination is not uncomfortable. If it is the examination will be stopped.

We are happy to share details of your care at any time with your consent with your NHS GP or other professionals involved in your care. You will also receive your own result to keep for your own records.

Professor Bourne will discuss the findings of the scan at the time and will give you a formal report of your ultrasound scan via email. This can be shared with your GP. If you need any additional tests or referrals, the Consultant will discuss this with you at the time of your scan.

Occasionaly in early pregnancy a blood test is required, this can help with the diagnosis of for instance an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. The blood test measures the level of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) in the blood. There are estimates for what level we expect depending on the ultrasound results and how it should rise or fall.