Private Pregnancy Scans

Private Pregnancy Scans

Are you expecting a baby and would like a private scan for reassurance with an experienced sonographer or Doctor?

Pregnancy scans in The Mid Ulster Clinic are carried out using state of the art ultrasound technology. Our experienced practitioners are able to explain the findings to you during your appointment and will aim to capture some images for you to take home. These scans are available in addition to your NHS care and will provide you and your family with some reassurance at all stages in your pregnancy.

Ultrasound Scans

Ultrasound scanning is offered during pregnancy and is safe for mum and baby. It uses soundwaves to capture images and movements which are displayed on a large monitor for you to see.

  • Ultrasound is safe in pregnancy.
  • This is a method used by medical professionals to gather images and measurements of your unborn baby.
  • We will use a water based ultrasound gel in order to assist the scanning.
  • Ultrasound scanning should not be painful in pregnancy.
  • Scans are not intended for diagnostic purposes, mainly to collect keepsake images for expectant parents.

Early Pregnancy Scan

When: From 6 weeks to 11 weeks

Early pregnancy scans are a great opportunity to bond with your baby in a comfortable and friendly environment.  Your practitioner will begin by determining if you need an internal scan or an abdominal scan based on your approximate gestation.  A heartbeat will be detected from 6+ weeks and you will find out if this is a viable pregnancy during this appointment.  Your early scan will aim to date your pregnancy based on the size of the foetus and some simple measurements can be taken.

Wellbeing/Reassurance Scan

When: 12+ weeks

Reassurance scans can be carried out from 12+ weeks and offer couples a chance to see their growing baby in addition to NHS appointments.  Your provider will be able to take some simple measurements and ensure that the pregnancy is continuing as it should based on your gestation.  These scans are usually abdominal scans and some ultrasound gel will be used to help capture these images.

Gender Scan

All of the team at The Mid Ulster Clinic work hard to offer a patient-centred approach to your wellbeing.  You will speak with someone on the phone at the time of booking and we aim to direct you towards the correct service at this initial stage.  During the check-in process, you will be met by our experienced administration team and nursing staff to ensure you are completing the correct paperwork.  You can relax in our comfortable waiting area until you are called to a private room to speak with your medical provider in confidence.  We are here to help as much as we can through every step of your journey. 

Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT

When: 10+ weeks

We offer non-invasive prenatal testing or illumina test in The Mid Ulster Clinic to offer patients the chance to diagnose certain foetal anomalies.  These include:

Trisomy 21 – Down Syndrome which is associated with moderate to severe intellectual disability, congenital heart defects and other malformations.

Trisomy 18 – Edwards Syndrome 

Trisomy 13 – Patau Syndrome

Both trisomy 13 & 18 are associated with severe brain and cardiac malformations.  There is a high risk of stillbirth or death during infancy.

Sex chromosome aneuploidy or abnormalities in the number of X or Y chromosomes can be detected during this test and if present these can cause issues with malformations and infertility.  

As this service involves a blood test the gender can be detected if you wish to add this to your test.  There is no additional fee for this. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Between 2-3 if you are midwifery led though the NHS. Consultant led patients will need more scans based on their circumstances.

We can offer scans from 6 weeks gestation. In the NHS your first scan is usually at your 12 week booking appointment.

A foetal pole and positive heartbeat can be detected from 6 weeks gestation.

Scans start from £75 and are priced individually.

Meet Our Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Consultants

Dr Declan Quinn

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

MB BAO BCH, MRCOG

GCM/NMC No: 6120135

Dr Frances Stewart

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

MB BAO BCH, MRCOG, MD

GCM/NMC No: 4187639

Dr Donald Chandranath

Obstetric Scanning

MBBS, RCOG - Associate Member

GCM/NMC No: MBBS, RCOG – Associate Member
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