Anomaly scan at 20 –23 gestational weeks
Anomaly scan is carried out between 20-23 weeks and its main aim is to detect possible structural fetal defects. In addition there are other aspects which are examined at the same time.
During anomaly scan in the 2nd trimester we examine for you:
- Placental position
- Amount of amniotic fluid
- Biparietal diameter of fetal head, head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length and calculate the fetal weight
- All fetal organs
- Fetal gender
During the scan, we will keep you informed about the parts of fetal anatomy displayed on the screen. If you wish to see the real image of your future baby, you can ask us to add the 3D-4D scan, we would be happy to oblige.
At the end of the scan we will share with you fetal weight and describe growth on charts in the computer. We will also explain to you the result of the complete scan. In case of abnormal finding, we will explain to you the prognosis and options for further management. If you decide to have the invasive testing (amniocentesis), we offer to perform this usually on the same day as your scan. If you opt for alternative methods to obtain a more accurate result, we would offer these tests to you also at our centre.
The whole examination with counselling takes around 40 minutes and you are welcome to bring your partner or someone close to accompany you through the examination. You will obtain two printed images of your baby and a detailed report with results will be sent to you by email within a week.