Who can I bring with me to the scan?
You may now bring up to FIVE additional people (including children) to accompany you at any scan appointment.
REGARDLESS OF ANY CHANGES OR FURTHER RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED WE WILL ALWAYS ALLOW ONE ADULT TO ATTEND WITH YOU.
How do I prepare for my scan?
Do I need a full bladder?Early Pregnancy, Gynaecological, Fertility & Renal Scans
You may eat and drink as normal however please drink a couple of glasses of water (approx 1 pint or half a litre) 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. For ladies, if a transvaginal (TV) or internal scan is also required, you will be able to empty your bladder prior to this.
Women's Health / Men's Health 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.Gender Scans
Whilst a full bladder is not essential, it is important for pregnant ladies to be well hydrated so 3/4 full is usually sufficient. This will help the sonographer obtain clearer images and help position baby.
No preparation is necessary but if your appointment is at a time when you know baby is usually quiet or sleeping, it can help to have a sugary snack or fizzy drink 30-60 minutes prior to your appointment.
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. It is non-invasive and one of the safest forms of diagnostic testing.
However, just as ordinary sounds that are too loud can damage our hearing, so very high levels of ultrasound can produce undesirable effects, for example by warming the tissue through which the ultrasound beam passes. As a precaution, the sonographer will take every care to ensure that the level and duration of the ultrasound examination are no more than are necessary to obtain the diagnostic image or information. We follow clinical guidelines to ensure you and your baby are safe.
How early can I have a pregnancy scan?
Starlight Ultrasound offers early pregnancy scans from five weeks. A yolk sac can be detected as early as five weeks and can rule out an ectopic pregnancy whilst the fetal heartbeat is usually detected from six week which is the earliest a pregnancy can be confirmed as viable.
In the event it is too early to confirm viability by way of fetal heartbeat at your appointment we will rescan you for free a week or so later.
Recommended gestation for scans
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 baby in three dimensions.
A 4D baby scan shows live, moving 3D images of baby.
A 5D baby scan is the latest and almost exclusive technology that we have providing the most realistic views of baby yet.
What happens if I need to re-arrange or cancel my appointment?
All bookings require a non-refundable deposit to secure your appointment. We require at least 48 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 to get the baby moving.
How long does the appointment take?
We advise you to arrive at our clinic slightly earlier than your appointment slot so you can locate us if visiting us for the first time, find a suitable parking space if arriving by car and complete the paperwork before your scan.
Average time spent in the clinic is 20 minutes but times may vary according to your personal circumstances. Typically early pregnancy scan appointments are shorter and 5D scans may be longer.
Can I buy extra items such as scan prints, balloons, Heartbeat Bears and confetti cannons?
Yes of course! If your scan package doesn’t include any item and/or you or any of your friends and family wish to buy extra scan prints, the digital pack, gender reveal balloons, confetti cannons and/or Heartbeat Bears they can do so. Nothing needs pre-ordering and everything is available on the day.
We do not usually accept changes to our packages but upgrades (for example large cannon or heartbeat bear) and additions (extra items) are allowed.