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5-8 week early pregnancy viability scan

5-8 week early pregnancy viability scan



This scan is available to confirm that an on-going pregnancy, and to estimate the gestational age; by measuring either the Gestation Sac or the length of the fetus (Crown-Rump Length).

The term "Gestation" refers to the period between the conception and the birth of the baby (foetus), during which time it develops and grows inside the mother's womb.

The "Gestational Age" is the time measured from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period to present. It is measured in weeks and days. Note: This is the traditional means of counting the age of the pregnancy. It does not suggest you actually became pregnant on the first day of your last period.


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Right Kidney as seen on Ultrasound Examination

Further Information

In the very early stages of pregnancy, the baby is too small to be seen on an ultrasound scan, but the size of the gestational sac can be measured to estimate the age.

It may or may not be possible to see the fetal heart beating in the early scan.

The Crown-Rump-Length (CRL) is the length of your baby from the top of it's head to it's bottom.

In order to get the best possible visualisation of the baby, a trans-vaginal internal scan may be performed.

At this age, the fetus is very small and it is not possible to determine the sex of the baby or to check for most abnormalities.

This scan is recommended if there is bleeding, pain, history of miscarriage/ectopic pregnancy, IVF treatment or history of long term medical conditions.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.


Please call us on 020 8550 9108 to discuss the best rate per examination.


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