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3D/4D scan

Scan to obtain detailed images of an unborn baby in the womb

HCA UK’s experts offer 3D and 4D scans to check your baby's development and get detailed images of your baby in the womb

About

Ultrasound scans use high-frequency sound waves to create an image of your baby inside your womb. A 3D scan provides three-dimensional pictures of your baby while a 4D scan shows moving 3D images of your baby.

Need to know

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    Ultrasound scans are painless ways to build detailed images of your baby inside your womb. They can be used to: - estimate when your baby is due (estimated date of delivery or EDD) - check if you are expecting more than one baby - show the position of your baby and the placenta (organ that links your blood supply to the baby) - detect if there are any abnormalities - make sure your baby is growing normally A specially trained sonographer will put some gel on your tummy and pass a probe over your skin. A black and white picture of your baby will then appear on the screen. The process takes about 20-30 minutes and there are no side effects.
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    Your consultant will explain the ultrasound scan to you and answer any questions you might have. Scans are simple procedures and generally you don’t need to do anything before your appointment. Sometimes, it is helpful if your bladder is full before the scan as this helps to get clearer images of your baby. This is because a full bladder lifts your bowel allowing the scan’s sound waves reach your womb. Your consultant will advise you if this is necessary. You are welcome to bring your partner, a family member or a friend along to your scan.
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    After your scan, your sonographer will be able to answer any questions you have. They will talk to you about the scan and advise you on the next steps. You'll be given a DVD and CD with images of your baby that you can take home and share with your family and friends. If a problem is suspected or found during the scan, your sonographer may ask for a second opinion from another member of staff. You might be asked to come back for further tests. Your consultant will be on hand to discuss with you the results of any tests or scans and give you all the information you need.
Consultant in theatres

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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