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About 4D Ultrasound Scans

It is very common these days for expecting parents to have 4D ultrasound scans or bonding scans as otherwise known. 3D/4D ultrasound is an ultrasound scanning technique, often used during pregnancy providing 3D/4D images of the baby.

There are several different ultrasound scanning techniques in pregnancyultrasound. The standard common diagnostic scan is the 2D ultrasound scan. In 3D baby scanning, however, instead of the sound being sent straight down and reflected back, it is sent at different angles. The returning echoes are processed by a powerfull computer program resulting in a 3D volume image of the baby's surface and/or internal organs.

Clinical use of this technology is an area of intense research activity especially in fetal anomaly scanning but there are also popular uses that have been shown to improve fetal-maternal bonding. 4D baby ultrasound scans are similar to 3D scans, with the difference associated with time.

So 4D ultrasound scans are essentially 2D ultrasound scans and the scanner puts the 2D information together to create a 4D image of the baby.

The ideal time to have a 3D/4D ultrasound scan is between 26 and 30 weeks of pregnancy as the baby sking is better devoloped to see the face.

 

This 4D ultrasound scan incudes:

  • 2x b/w 3D images in mounted card frame
  • 1x colour 3D image download to Ipod/Mobile
  • Growth report, includes estimated weight of baby at current gestation
  • Wellbeing assessment includes position of baby and placental position
  • Complimentary gender confirmed if requested
  • 30 minute appointment

Preparation

 

 No preparation for this scan is neccesary but we reommend that during the week before your 4D scan, you drink  a couple of extra glasses of water each day. This will help you to be hydrated, and assures that there is sufficient amniotic fluid around your baby which helps with the 4D scan. A full bladder is not required.

From experiences we know that sometimes chocolates, sweets, fresh orange or even fizzy drinks can help when trying to stimulate your baby to move, so feel free to bring some along to your appointment in case the baby is having a nap. Caffeine is not recommend before your 4D scan.

When you arrive have a little walk around, this might help wake your baby up before for the scan.

 

The Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan

Pregnancy or baby ultrasound scans are very common part of prenatal care. This is because ultrasound scans are completely painless, have no known side effects on mothers or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy: in early pregnancy, ultrasound is being used to confirm the baby's heartbeat and exclude any early stage abnormalities; later in pregnancy ultrasound is being used to evaluate the baby's oveall health. 

About Ultrasound

Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.
It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.
The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the image on the screen.
There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.
Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.

 

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All our scans include a basic wellbeing check of the baby.

Should your baby be in a poor position to obtain clear 4D video images the sonographer will first try a few techniques to obtain the best image. If these are unsuccessful you may be asked to return our Patient Lounge and walk around in an effort to encourage your baby to move. We may try to re-scan you several times during clinic opening hours. If there isn't available time in the schedule or if the clinic is closing we will ask you to re-book for another day. You will not be charged for additional scanning time on your second visit. If your 4D video scan is successful on the second attempt the cost to you will be the same if your 4D baby scan were completed on the first appointment.

No.

Although we will do a basic wellbeing check of the baby we will not produce a report for you to take away. This is because this ultrasound scan is mostly concentrated to the 4D nature of the examination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An ultrasound scan of the upper abdomen will provide information about the appearance of your liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and spleen.

This will help to diagnose or exclude a wide range of abdominal conditions normaly causing pain and discomfoirt in upper abdomen such as gallstones and kidneys stones .

No. Ultrasound is painless and safe. You will not feel any effect from it. There are no after effects.

No.

3D/4D scans are bonding/entertainment scans and have hardly any diagnostic value and that is why they are not offered in the NHS.

All the diagnosis takes place with 2D technology.

It is reccomended to regular check the testis for any lumps or for anything that doesnt feel right.

Testis is the ovoid structure within the scrotal sack. Within the scrotal sack there is also the head, tail and body of the epididiymis.

The epididymis is full of small tubules where the sperm matures. These tubules sometimes get block and expand resulting on what is called epididymal cyst.

Epididymal cysts are harmless and very common.

Sometimes the tubules leak and sperm escapes within the scrotal sack resulting in pain sometimes. This is called hydrocoele.

Infections are also common in the testis resulting on an inflammed epididymis that can can also feel like a lump. 

It is also possible for cancer to be developed inside the testis and it is therefore very important if you find any mumps to have them checked as sson as possible.

The basic formula to calculate your estimated delivery date is very simple and works great if your average cycle length is 28 days. Simply add 280 days (or 40 weeks) to the first day of your last period. If you know when conception happened then just add 266 days (or 38 weeks).
However, things can get complicated if your cycle length is not 28 days or if your luteal phase length is not 14 days. 

The most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include: Missed period. If you're in your childbearing years and a week or more has passed without the start of an expected menstrual cycle, you might be pregnant. ... **Tender, swollen breasts. ... **Nausea with or without vomiting. ... **Increased urination. ... **Fatigue.

Steatosis or fatty liver as otherwise known, is a term that describes the buildup of fatty deposits in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, but if more than 5 to 10 percent is fat, then it's called fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with diet and excersice.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a very common disorder and refers to a group of conditions where there is accumulation of excess fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. The most common form of NAFLD is a non serious condition called fatty liver.

In general, if you have fatty liver, and in particular if you have NASH, you should:

•lose weight – safely. ...
•lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both.
•avoid alcohol.
•control your diabetes, if you have it.
•eat a balanced, healthy diet.
•increase your physical activity.

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can happen any time from conception  to the end of pregnancy. Light bleeding, or spotting, during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester. Im most cases this is no cause for alarm.

Breakthrough bleeding usually referring to mid-cycle bleeding in users of combined oral contraceptives, as attributed to insufficient estrogens. 

Bleeding or spotting are very common throughout a pregnancy. Most of the women however continue with a healthy pregnancy. You might be more at risk of miscarrying if you have heavy and bright red bleeding and are passing clots. But some women even with these symptoms do go on to have a healthy pregnancy.

An ultrasound guided injection is a therapeutic intervention where a pharmaceutical agent is administered in the body. Ultrasound is being used to guide the injection at the correct place.

 

There is no preparation for this test. You can eat and drink as normal. 

The ultrasound scan will not hurt. When you have the injection you will feel a small needle prick but it should not be too painful.

The symptoms usually improve about three days after the injection but this varies from person to person.

The benefits of the ultrasound guided injection may last for a few weeks or even months. You may need more than one injection to settle the symptoms. 

Ultrasound-guided injection is a common procedure.

There are some complications or risks associated with the procedure: 

  • Pain - sometimes the steroid injection can make the pain or discomfort temporarily worse. This called a ‘Steroid flare’. This can be more painful for approximately 2-3 days after injection. You may take your regular painkillers to provide relief during this time.
  •  Discolouration - very rarely a white dot or patch on the skin can appear after the injection, this called ‘Depigmentation’. This is rarely permanent and may last for few months.
  •  Fat atrophy – thinning of the fat, which may result in a dent in the skin.
  •  Skin thinning or skin dimpling – occasionally the skin overlying the injection becomes thin over the course of some months. This is particularly noticeable when several injections are given close to the skin surface. This side effect rarely happens.
  •  Tendon rupture – this is rare but steroids may weaken the tendon so it is important to avoid any strenuous activity or exercises for 3-4 weeks.
  •  Infection – it is very rare to get an infection.  
  • Allergic reaction is extremely uncommon.
  •  In patients with diabetes, blood sugar can elevate temporarily.
  •  No effect – the injection may not have any benefit.

Sound travels in waves. Ultrasound is sound which travels at a higher frequency than we can hear.

Ultrasound examinations known as scans are done by building up pictures from the return of sound waves as they bounce back from any resistance they meet. The sound waves can be directed to and bounced back from the surfaces of various structures within the body to form pictures on a television screen.

The ultrasound waves are sent to and from the body by moving a hand-held sensor which is similar to a microphone over the surface of the skin of the area to be examined. Pictures, known as images are taken for doctors and senior radiographers look at them and diagnose your condition.

Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions. They are also used to guide the position of needles for injections. 

Sonoworld provides competitively priced private ultrasound scans so that you can achieve early diagnosis without the long NHS waiting lists.

We are able to offer you:

  • Same day private ultrasound and pregnancy scan appointments.
  • Easy to use private scanning booking service where you can choose the best time and day suitable to you for your private ultrasound scan.
  • Same time ultrasound scan report to take with you to your GP.
  • Convenient central London location (Regents Park and Great Portland Street tube stations)
  • Direct line to our Consultant Sonographers to answer any questions and not a call centre.
  • You can take control of your health with our competitively priced private ultrasound scan examinations.

We offer a large range of private pregnancy scans in London starting with the early scan at 5 weeks gestation and other complimentary baby scans throughout your pregnancy including gender scan, growth scan and reassurance scans.

We offer a same day private pregnancy scan service to provide you with peace of mind and quick reassurance about your pregnancy and your baby.

We also offer a range of 3D and 4D bonding scans for parents who want to meet their baby early. Our sonographers are fully qualified and comply with all the professional safety guidelines.

You are in the right place if you are looking for a private ultrasound in London. At Sonoworld Diagnostics we offer an extensive range of private ultrasound scans in a convenient central London location next to Harley Street.

We offer same day and out of hours private ultrasound scan appointments in days and times to suit your busy schedule.

Our consultant sonographers are very experienced in the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound so you can rest assured that your health is in good hands. We use the latest ultrasound diagnostic equipment to increase diagnostic accuracy. Sonoworld Diagnostics has been providing ultrasound scan services to the NHS and private sector since 2012 and therefore is well established in the field of medical ultrasound.

At our London ultrasound clinic, we are able to offer you private ultrasound scans in a clean and comfortable environment without the wait associated with the ultrasound scans provided by the NHS.

Sonoworld Diagnostic Services is registered with the CQC and has been trusted by the NHS and private sector since 2012 to provide unparalleled diagnostic ultrasound scan services. Our clients include healthcare professional such as GP’s and consultant radiologists. This is because our clients know that at Sonoworld will get the best ultrasound scan service with no compromise in diagnostic accuracy or the level of service.

The price of private ultrasound scan will depend on the type of ultrasound scan you need. Our prices are competitive starting from as low as £99. There are no hidden extras and the price you see is the price you pay.

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