Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my scan?

Early Pregnancy, Gynaecological & Renal Scans

You may eat and drink as normal however please drink a couple of glasses of water (approx 1 pint) 1-2 hours before your scan. If your bladder is full, this helps us to obtain clearer ultrasound images. Please do not empty your bladder until after the scan. If a trans-vaginal (TV) scan is also required, you will be able to empty your bladder prior to this.

Abdominal Scan

Please have nothing to eat FOUR hours prior to your scan. Clear fluids including black tea/coffee are allowed. Please continue taking any regular medication.

For all other scans no preparation is necessary.

Is ultrasound safe for my baby?

There is currently no evidence to demonstrate that ultrasound will harm a mother or baby when performed by a qualified and competent professional such as a sonographer. No radiation is used during ultrasound, for this reason ultrasound scans have been used during pregnancy for decades. The sonographer will follow clinical guidelines to ensure you and your baby are safe.

How early can I have a pregnancy scan?

A viable pregnancy can be seen from six weeks gestation however sometimes a yolk sac can be detected as early as five weeks.

Recommended gestation for scans

  • Early viability scans: from 5 weeks
  • Dating Scan: from 12 weeks
  • Gender Scan: from 14 weeks at the earliest
  • Anomaly Scan: between 18 weeks and 20 weeks + 6
  • 4D Scans: between 24 & 32 weeks but optimum time around 28 weeks

What's the difference between 2D, 3D, 4D & 5D Scans?

A 2D baby scan is the traditional outline of baby in black and white.
A 3D baby scan shows still pictures of your baby in three dimensions
A 4D baby scan shows live, moving 3D images of your baby with time being the fourth dimension
A 5D baby scan is exciting new technology that we have letting you see baby in the most realistic view yet.

 

What happens if I need to re-arrange or cancel my appointment?

All bookings require a non-refundable £20 deposit to secure your appointment. We require at least 24 hours notice to re-arrange or amend your booking.

What happens if the sonographer can't complete the examination or if my baby is in the wrong position?

If your baby does not cooperate at the time of your scan, we may ask you to take a walk, have a drink or have a sugary snack (we have these available for free in our clinic) to get the baby moving.
We will then try again within a short time but if it is still not possible we will re-book your scan appointment at no extra charge.

Who can I bring with me to the scan?

Normally children, family and friends are welcome. The number of people you bring is your choice so we are happy to accommodate most requests within reason.

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE LIMITED TO ONE ADULT ACCOMPANYING ANY SCAN PATIENT AND FOR & THEIR YOUR SAFETY NO CHILDREN ARE PERMITTED ON OUR PREMISES AT THIS TIME

How long does the appointment take?

We advise you to arrive at our clinic slightly earlier than your appointment slot so you can complete the paperwork and then you can sit and relax before your scan.
Average time spent in the clinic is 30 minutes but times may vary according to your scan package.

Can I buy extra items such as scan photos, balloons, Heartbeat Bears and confetti cannons?

Yes of course! If your scan package doesn’t include any item and you or any of your friends and family wish to buy extra scan pictures, a USB memory stick flash drive, gender reveal balloons, confetti cannons and/or Heartbeat Bears they can do so.

Here are prices for optional extras

 

PLEASE NOTE WE REMAIN OPEN AND ARE ACCEPTING BOOKINGS

We are extremely busy so the easiest and fastest way to book is online and availability is shown there.

Please see this Covid-19 Service Update confirming one adult can attend with you

You can also contact us the following ways:-

EMAIL: SCANS@STARLIGHTULTRASOUND.CO.UK
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Follicle Tracking

This measures the size of any active follicles in the ovaries that may contain an egg. Useful to predict when and if ovulation may occur in order to increase chances of conception. Plus an assessment of uterus, ovaries and lining of the womb.
The scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Abdominal & Pelvis Scan

This scan assesses the size, outline and structure of the  liver, billary system, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and urinary bladder. Assesses for any cysts, masses or stones, checks the condition of the aorta and assesses the patency and blood-flow of the portal vein. (May detect gallstones, kidney stones, polyps. liver disease etc). Includes a trans-abdominal gynaecology scan including assessment of uterus, ovaries and pelvis. Assesses for polyps, cysts, fibroids, masses and polycystic ovaries.
This scan costs £99 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book now

Abdominal & Renal Scan

This scan assesses the size, outline and structure of the  liver, billary system, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and urinary bladder and checks the bladder empties completely post-micruition. Assesses for any cysts, masses or stones, checks the condition of the aorta and assesses the patency and blood-flow of the portal vein. (May detect gallstones, kidney stones, polyps. liver disease etc).  This scan costs £75 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Abdominal Scan

This scan assesses the size, outline and structure of the  liver, billary system, gallbladder, aorta, pancreas, spleen and kidneys. Assesses for any cysts, masses or stones, checks the condition of the aorta and assesses the patency and blood-flow of the portal vein. (May detect gallstones, kidney stones, polyps. liver disease etc)
This scan costs £70 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here
 

Anomaly Scan

Assesses the condition of the aorta looking for any signs of aneurysm or aortic narrowing from plaque or calcification build-up.
This scan costs £50 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Renal Scan

This scan assesses the shape, size, outline and structure of the kidneys and urinary bladder. Assesses for cysts, masses, stones, fluid and polyps. Checks if the bladder empties properly post-micturition.
This scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Coil Check

Assesses the size, structure and shape of uterus, ovaries and lining of the womb. Detects the presence of IUCD (Coil) and checks it is correctly sited.
This scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Gynaecology Scan

Trans-abdominal gynaecology scan including assessment of uterus, ovaries, pelvis, urinary bladder, endometrium and adnexae. Assesses for polyps, cysts, fibroids, masses and polycystic ovaries. 
This scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Post-Menopausal Scan

Assesses the size, structure and shape of the uterus and ovaries. Looks at the lining of the womb (endometrium).
This scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Cervical Length Scan

This scan, for women with history of cervical surgery and late miscarriage, is a trans-vaginal scan to obtain a clear view of the cervix assessing for signs of funnelling and measures the length of the cervix to assess for signs of cervical incompetence. Includes fetal well-being check and seeing baby’s heart beat.
The scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Pre-conception scan Scan

The scan includes an initial assessment of uterus and ovaries, endometrium, looks for the presence of ovulatory follicles (ideally this scan to be performed mid-cycle or when ovulating). Scan excludes any cysts, fibroids, polyps or masses. It evaluates the well-being of pelvic organs prior to conception and can help estimate ovulation time.
The scan costs £50 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Pre-conception advice and Scan

Arrange a consultation to discuss pre-conception advice and receive guidance along with a scan by a midwife-sonographer. The scan includes an initial assessment of uterus and ovaries, endometrium, looks for the presence of ovulatory follicles (ideally this scan to be performed mid-cycle or when ovulating). Scan excludes any cysts, fibroids, polyps or masses. It evaluates the well-being of pelvic organs prior to conception and can help estimate ovulation time.

The scan costs £75 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Fertility Scan

This pre-conception scan assesses the health of the uterus, ovaries, lining of the womb and presence of follicles, as well as looking for polyps, cysts, fibroids and polycystic ovaries. Can assess and estimate ovulation depending on stage of cycle at time of scan (optimum time for scan is mid-cycle). Evaluates the well-being of uterus and ovaries prior to conception.
The scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Aorta Scan

Assesses the condition of the aorta looking for any signs of aneurysm or aortic narrowing from plaque or calcification build-up.
This scan costs £50 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Early Pregnancy Scan (£60)

This scan, which is available from as early as 5 weeks gestation and up to 15 weeks, determines viability of your pregnancy and well-being of the fetus, presence of fetal heartbeat, number of fetuses and measurements to determine estimated due date. It includes a written report and an internal / transvaginal scan should it be required.

Includes 1 x black & white 2D scan picture and a copy of the report.

The scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Decide on the day scan

If you can’t decide which package or type of scan you want and you just want to book it in to reserve the appointment, this is the one for you.

Secure your slot and either pick any current scan package at any time and send us a quick message – or even decide on the day whilst in your appointment whether to stick with a basic scan or to include additions tailor-made for you.

There is a minimum price of £50 for this appointment although you only need to pay a £20 deposit. Book here

Anomaly / Anatomy Scan reduced to £90 due to Coronavirus situation

This scan is available from 18 to 22 weeks (ideally 18 to 20 weeks + 6 days) and allows the midwife-sonographer to check the physical development of your baby, although it cannot pick up every condition. It includes fetal growth measurements and assesses baby for eleven rare congenital conditions and malformations. It assesses the placental site. You can also view baby in 4D (and optionally find out the baby’s gender). 
 
This is the same as your NHS 20-week scan.
 
*Extra £25 for multiple pregnancy.
 
This scan usually costs £180 with a £30 deposit payable on booking but due to the current situation we want to ensure as many women are able to have this scan so from 20/03/2020 this scan price is reduced to £90. Book here

Growth Scan

This scan is available from 26 weeks and is to check on fetal well-being, hear your baby’s heartbeat and includes fetal growth measurement providing an estimated fetal weight, doppler and liquor volume, presentation. You will receive a copy of the report as well as 1 x 2D picture.

The cost is £60* with a £20 deposit payable on booking.

*Up to 32 weeks only you can opt for 4D imaging for an extra £15 with all imaging on CD or USB stick. Book here

Presentation Scan

This scan, which is available from 34 weeks, checks on the well-being and presentation of the fetus, includes Doppler and liquor volume and allows you and the midwife-sonographer to hear your baby’s heart beat. You will receive a copy of the report as well as 1 x 2D picture.
This scan costs £40 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Reassurance Scan

This scan is available any gestation from 15 weeks and includes reassurance and viability by viewing baby and hearing the fetal heartbeat, a liquor volume and doppler assessment plus growth measurements of baby. A view of baby in 4D subject to gestation and position of baby.  

Scan includes 1 x 2D black & white scan picture and a copy of the report.

This scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being 4D Bonding scan – Platinum package

This scan is available between 24 and 32 weeks with optimum time around 28 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, growth measurements providing an estimated fetal weight and viewing baby in 4D and optional gender confirmation.

Includes:-

  • 2 x Starlight photo key-ring
  • 4 x 3D prints
  • 4 x 3D colour pictures (7×5)
  • USB stick of all images and video 
  • 1 x large Heartbeat Bear with a recording of your baby’s heartbeat
 

This scan costs £150 with a £30 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being 4D Bonding scan – Gold package

This scan is available between 24 and 32 weeks with optimum time around 28 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, growth measurements providing an estimated fetal weight and viewing baby in 4D and optional gender confirmation.

Includes:-
2 x Starlight photo key-rings
2 x Black & White 3D prints
2 x Colour 3D pictures (7×5)
USB stick of all images and video
1 x Heartbeat Bear with a recording of your baby’s heartbeat
 
The price for this package is £120 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being 4D Bonding Scan – Silver package

This scan is available between 24 and 32 weeks with optimum time around 28 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, growth measurements providing an estimated fetal weight and viewing baby in 4D and optional gender confirmation.

Includes:-

  • Starlight photo key-ring
  • 2 x B&W 3D prints
  • 2 x colour 3D prints
  • USB of all images and/or video
.
This scan costs £100 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being & Gender Scan – Platinum package

This scan is available from 14 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, viewing baby in 4D, subject to your gestation and baby’s position, as well as determination of baby’s gender.
Includes:-

  • two Starlight photo key-rings
  • 2 x 2D picture
  • 1 x 3D picture
  • 1 x USB stick containing all images and video of your scan
  • 2 x small confetti shooters (pink or blue for gender reveal)
  • 2 x large Confetti Cannons (pink or blue for gender reveal) 
  • 1 x Extra Large Deluxe Confetti & Feathers Gender Reveal Balloon
  • 1 x Heartbeat Bear with a recording of your baby’s heartbeat
 
This scan costs £150 with a £30 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being & Gender scan – Gold package

This scan is available from 14 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, viewing baby in 4D, subject to your gestation and baby’s position, as well as determination of baby’s gender.
Includes:-

  • Starlight photo key-ring
  • 2 x 2D prints
  • 1 x 3D print
  • USB stick containing all images and video of your scan
  • 2 x Confetti Shooters (pink/blue for gender reveal)
  • 11″ gender reveal balloon
 
This scan costs £100 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being & Gender Scan – Silver package

This scan is available from 14 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, viewing baby in 4D subject to your gestation and baby’s position as well as determination of baby’s gender.

Includes:-

  • 2 x Starlight photo key-ring 
  • 2 x photo prints 
  • 2 x Confetti Shooters (pink or blue for gender reveal)
  • 1 x USB containing all images of your scan
 
This scan costs £70 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Renal Scan

This scan assesses the shape, size, outline and structure of the kidneys and urinary bladder. Assesses for cysts, masses, stones, fluid and polyps. Checks if the bladder empties properly post-micturition plus assessment of the prostate. 
This costs £65 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book Here

Abdominal Scan

This scan assesses the size, outline and structure of the  liver, billary system, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and kidneys. Assesses for any cysts, masses or stones, checks the condition of the aorta and assesses the patency and blood-flow of the portal vein. (May detect gallstones, kidney stones, polyps. liver disease etc)
This scan costs £70 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Well-being Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan

This scan is available from 14 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing the viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat as well as determination of baby’s gender.

Includes two scan photos.

This scan costs £50 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Pregnancy Dating Scan

This scan includes reassurance and viability by way of confirmation of pregnancy, presence of heartbeat, number of fetus and estimated due date using crown-rump length.

Includes:-

1 x 2D black & white scan picture

Copy of the report.

This scan costs £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here 

Midwife-Sonographer Doppler Antenatal Reassurance - £20

At any point during your pregnancy for reassurance you can arrange for Laura who is a midwife & clinical specialist sonographer to listen in to the fetal heart with a handheld Doppler at our premises in Bury.

The price is £20 Book here

Baseline Scan (£60)

A baseline scan is to assess and evaluate the ovaries, uterus and pelvic organs to determine if it is an appropriate time to start the first phase of IVF treatment.

A follicle tracking scan is usually carried out a few days later and then the scans are usually repeated regularly thereafter.

A baseline scan costs £60 with £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here.

Well-being Deluxe Gender Scan Package (£99)

A well-being check on you and your baby available from 14 weeks where gender can also be determined.

It is primarily to provide reassurance by assessing the viability and well-being of your baby and hearing the heartbeat.

It includes the following:-

-Four scan photo prints
-Two Starlight Key-rings with scan photo prints
-Two confetti shooters
-One large confetti cannon
-3-foot extra large deluxe helium, feathers & confetti-filled gender reveal balloon
-Quick view of baby in 3D/4D
-A USB stick containing all images and video captured
-Small heartbeat bear with recording of baby’s heartbeat

Package costs £99 (worth £150) with £20 deposit payable on booking.

Book here

Rose Gender Scan Package - (£59)

This gender determination scan is available from as early as 14 weeks and includes the following:-

-Three scan photo prints
-Two Starlight Key-rings with scan photo prints
-Two confetti shooters
-11″ helium & confetti-filled gender reveal balloon
-Quick view of baby in 3D/4D
-A USB stick containing all images and video captured

Package costs £59 (worth £100) with £20 deposit payable on booking – available to book at any time but offer will be withdrawn after Mothering Sunday 22/03/20

Book here

Deluxe Rose 4D Scan Package (£99)

This 4D scan is available between 24 and 32 weeks with the optimum time around 28 weeks and includes the following:-

-Four scan photo prints
-Four A4 colour photo prints
-Two Starlight Key-rings with scan photo prints
-Large Heartbeat bear with recording of your baby’s heartbeat
-A USB stick containing all images and video captured
-Scan photo frame

Package costs £99 (worth £150) with £20 deposit payable on booking – available to book at any time but offer will be withdrawn after Mothering Sunday 22/03/20

Book here

Rose 4D Scan Package (£70)

This 4D scan is available between 24 and 32 weeks with the optimum time around 28 weeks and includes the following:-

-Two scan photo prints
-Two A4 colour photo prints
-Two Starlight Key-rings with scan photo prints
-Small Heartbeat bear with recording of your baby’s heartbeat
-A USB stick containing all images and video captured

Package costs £70 (worth £120) with £20 deposit payable on booking – available to book at any time but offer will be withdrawn after Mothering Sunday 22/03/20

Book here

5D Well-being Bonding Scan (£75)

Available between 24 and 34 weeks with optimum time at 28 weeks, this bonding scan includes reassurance by assessing the well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, growth measurements providing an estimated fetal weight and viewing baby in 3D/4D & now with enhanced viewing experience in 5D, the latest technology for the most realistic views of baby.

Includes:-

  • two colour scan photo prints
  • two key-rings with scan photo prints

Maximum one adult to accompany the pregnant lady being scanned.

This scan costs £75 with £20 deposit payable on booking.

Kindly note no refunds or free re-scans should you not be satisfied with images produced on the day.

You can book online here.

Weekday Gender Scan (£44)

**AVAILABLE ON WEEKDAYS ONLY**

Our special weekday Gender Scan Offer is available from 14 weeks gestation and includes reassurance by assessing the viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the fetal heartbeat, viewing baby in 3D/4D and determining baby’s gender.

Also comes with a scan print/photo AND a confetti cannon.

This scan costs £44 and is subject to a £20 deposit payable on booking and is only available on a weekday.

Bookings made on other days will unfortunately be re-arranged. Book here

Mini-Gender Scan (£40)

This scan is available from 14 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, viewing baby in 4D subject to gestation and baby’s position as well as determination of baby’s gender.

This scan costs £40 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Mini-Reassurance Scan

When you require extra reassurance in between NHS scans or at any point during your pregnancy, and don’t require a written report, we can offer you a mini-reassurance scan for £50 with a £20 deposit payable on booking.

Book here.

In the first trimester should a transvaginal scan be required an additional £10 will be charged. 

Gender Reveal Special Offer (£54)

Our latest Special Gender Reveal Offer.

This scan is available from 14 weeks gestation and includes reassurance by assessing the viability of your pregnancy and the well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, viewing baby in 4D subject to gestation and baby’s position as well as determination of baby’s gender with a FREE rescan if we are not certain.

Package includes:-

2 x scan prints/photos
1 x USB of all images / video captured
2 x Confetti Shooter with pink / blue confetti

This scan costs £54 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here.

Well-being 4D Bonding scan – Bronze package

This scan is available between 24 and 32 weeks with optimum time around 28 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, growth measurements providing an estimated fetal weight and viewing baby in 4D and optional gender confirmation.

Includes:-

  • 1 x print

.
This scan costs £45 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Abdominal & Renal Scan

This scan assesses the size, outline and structure of the  liver, billary system, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and urinary bladder and checks the bladder empties completely post-micruition. Assesses for any cysts, masses or stones, checks the condition of the aorta and assesses the patency and blood-flow of the portal vein. (May detect gallstones, kidney stones, polyps. liver disease etc). Also includes assessment of the prostate.
This scan costs £80 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here

Post-natal breast-feeding support visit

Arrange a post-natal home visit by midwife Laura Gardner to assist with breast-feeding support. The price is from £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking within 4 miles of our premises in Bury. Please call to arrange this and confirm the price for your location.

Post-natal home visit

Please call to arrange this.

 
The price is £60 with £20 deposit payable on booking. Price quoted for within 4 mile radius of Starlight Ultrasound Ltd’s premises. 

Private 1-2-1 Ante-Natal Class and Reassurance Scan

An ante-natal appointment, ante-natal check and scan available at any gestation from 15 week and includes reassurance and viability by way of hearing heartbeat, liquor volume and doppler assessment plus growth measurements of baby. A view of baby in 4D and this price includes 1 x 2D black & white scan picture, 1 x 3D picture and a copy of the report.
It costs £200 with a £20 deposit payable at time of booking.
 
Please call to book this.

Private Group Ante-Natal Classes

From 28 weeks

six week course
6 x 1 hour sessions
 
£80 per couple
 

Please call to book this.

Non-Invasive Pregnancy Test (NIPT)

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) uses cell-free DNA (cfDNA) derived from the pregnancy to evaluate possible chromosomal conditions in a pregnancy. NIPT is a prenatal screening test that can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy using a single blood draw. 
 
We offer both IONA and Harmony NIPT.
 
Call to discuss or book an appointment here.
 

Private ante-natal 1-2-1 class

Private 1-2-1 ante-natal class. Please call to book.

Pre-conception advice and guidance

You may arrange an appointment with Registered Midwife Laura Gardner for pre-conception advice and guidance. Appointment costs £45 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here 

Pregnancy urine test & consultation

Group B Strep Check & Testing

We can offer you testing for Group B Streptococcus. This costs £55 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book your appointment here 

Birth plan discussion & ante-natal check

An appointment covering Birth Plan Discussion including an Ante-Natal check with Registered Midwife Laura Gardner. The price is £60 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here
*£10 surcharge for home visit within 4 miles of our premises in Bury and additional amount payable for further afield so please check with us and we will confirm the figure.

Ante-natal check

Should you wish to have an ante-natal check with Registered Midwife Laura Gardner in addition to (or instead of) your NHS midwife checks you may do so at our premises in Bury.
The price is £50 with a £20 deposit payable at time of booking. Book here

Ante-natal home visit

Please call to arrange this as we should be able to accommodate most requests.

The price is from £60 (which applies within a 4-mile radius of Starlight Ultrasound Ltd’s premises in Bury town centre) with £20 deposit payable on booking. Additional charges apply but Laura covers Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire and elsewhere on request so please check with us.

Well-being & Gender scan – Bronze package

This scan is available from 14 weeks and includes reassurance by assessing viability and well-being of your baby, hearing the heartbeat, viewing baby in 4D subject to gestation and baby’s position as well as determination of baby’s gender.

Includes a scan photo print and one confetti shooter.

This scan costs £45 with a £20 deposit payable on booking. Book here