What to Expect from The Anomaly Scan

As you method the 20-week mark, the NHS supply expectant mums a extra detailed scan as a part of your pre-natal care. The 20-week scan or anomaly ultrasound can supply reassurance and detect some abnormalities. Window to the Womb inform us what to count on.

What IS the 20 week scan?

We get many questions on the 20-week scan (particularly from first-time dad and mom). We wished to give you extra info on this necessary mum-to-be milestone.

The 20-week scan is a screening take a look at, carried out utilizing an ultrasound machine which checks for doable bodily issues with child. This scan is obtainable to all girls, however not everybody will select to have it. It is a constructive expertise for most individuals, however not for everyone. Remember – in the event you determine not to have the scan your selection will probably be revered.

The goals of the ultrasound scan are to:

  • supply screening to eligible ladies in England to determine anomalies which are life limiting
  • determine points which can profit from antenatal therapy
  • determine anomalies which require early intervention following supply
  • to present selection in acceptable testing for you and your necessities and assist handle your being pregnant

You can count on to spend 30-45 minutes at your appointment. The scan ought to incorporate pre-scan counselling, the preliminary ultrasound examination, counselling following your appointment, in addition to a full report in your scan. If you’re anticipating a number of infants, then your appointment could also be barely longer due to further time wanted. Healthcare professionals do have an obligation of care to report any findings, so many ladies who don’t want to be told of any anomalies, usually select not to have a 20-week scan.

The sonographer will take a look at the next:

  1. The cranium and mind
  2. View of the lips and nasal tip
  3. The chest and lungs
  4. The coronary heart
  5. Abdominal contents which incorporates: abdomen, belly wall and twine insertion, diaphragm, kidneys and bladder
  6. The complete of the backbone and examination of the pores and skin protecting
  7. All 4 limbs
  8. Uterine cavity for placenta and amniotic fluid

The 11 situations at present screened for:

  • Anencephaly
  • Open spina bifida
  • Cleft lip
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Exomphalos
  • Serious cardiac abnormalities
  • Bilateral renal agenesis
  • Lethal skeletal dysplasia
  • Edwards’ syndrome (Trisomy 13)
  • Patau’s syndrome (Trisomy 18)

Finding out the intercourse of your child:

Interestingly, there isn’t a requirement to decide the gender at your 20-week scan, as the first function is to search for anomalies and a few hospitals don’t embrace this info readily in your scan. This is why we have now additional services for gender affirmation from 16 weeks (4 weeks earlier than your NHS appointment). We supply sexing scans from this gestation to guarantee 99.9% accuracy, as any time earlier than this may imply the accuracy charge decreases. Although the first function of our scans is the well-being of mum and child; our sonographers are moreover skilled to discover out in the event you’re having slightly boy or woman.

There is not any magic contact to decide gender of child and it’s completely dependent upon the child having their legs vast open, within the appropriate place (on their facet) and figuring out a penis or the labia in between the legs. It can take up to 10 minutes typically to obtain this and there are numerous elements that may make gendering harder, similar to an elevated BMI, dehydration and naturally – the place of child and placenta. It’s at all times necessary to drink loads of water earlier than you attend a scan to guarantee there’s loads of fluid round child.

We additionally perceive that your being pregnant is a particular time, and though many hospitals sadly solely permit one relative or accomplice to attend your scan (we’d suggest double-checking together with your hospital beforehand), we encourage members of the family, youngsters and pals to come alongside to share this expertise with you.

Important to notice:

If you select to be a part of us at certainly one of our clinics earlier than 20 weeks, please do not forget that some abnormalities can solely be detected at sure gestations and by blood checks which aren’t at present supplied by Window to the Womb. It is due to this fact necessary that you simply entry all antenatal care supplied to you by the NHS. Please additionally remember that providers comparable to ours are sometimes accessible by the NHS free on the level of supply. We work carefully with native hospitals to guarantee you have got on-going care must you want it. We are unable to give second opinions on the outcomes of NHS scans.


Article by Window to The Womb