Book your Anomaly Scan at The Women’s Wellness Centre, London
Choose day and time that best suits you and complete your booking directly using the form below.
You’ll receive an email to confirm your appointment and we look forward to seeing you at the Centre.
If you have any questions or if you need a same-day appointment please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7751 4488.
What is the Anomaly Scan ( 20 weeks scan )
The Anomaly Scan, also known as anatomy scan or mid-pregnancy scan is a very detailed pregnancy ultrasound scan performed between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. This scan is performed with the purpose to check if the baby is developing normally.
Our experienced Sonographer will carefully and thoroughly check your baby. The four chambers of the heart will be looked at, as well as the kidneys, bladder, stomach, brain, spine and sex organs. The main purpose of this scan is to look if there are structural abnormalities in your baby.
The vast majority of pregnancies are healthy, and this scan typically provides much-needed reassurance as well as really good views of your baby. Once the Sonographer has systematically checked and measured all that is required at anomaly scan, they will often be happy to share some special views with you and take some photos for your baby’s album. .
In the unlikely event that the Sonographer will find some abnormalities, this will enable you and your obstetrician to take a proactive approach in planning care for the rest of pregnancy and make any special arrangement required for birth and postnatal treatment.
What does the Anomaly Scan look for?
In the vast majority of the cases, the detailed scan will show that your baby appears to be developing normally, so there is no reason to be worried or anxious in attending this scan. This scan appointment is still very much one of the high points of the pregnancy when you get to see you baby in different positions and you get to see views that are recognisable like a bent knee, stetched out leg, foot, hands, profile of face, four chambers of the heart beating etc . This can be quite magical moments for you.
The Sonographer will however be systematically looking for rare conditions, in order to exclude the possibility that your baby has any abnormalities and providing you with reassurance and peace of mind.
Those uncommon conditions are:
- Anencephaly (abnormality of the brain)
- open spina bifida (spinal cord problems)
- cleft lip or palate (abnormalities around the upper lip)
- diaphragmatic hernia (a defect causing some abdominal contents to be in the chest)
- gastroschisis (bowel abnormality)
- exomphalos (bowel abnormality)
- serious cardiac abnormalities (heart problems)
- bilateral renal agenesis (kidney problems)
- lethal skeletal dysplasia (bony problems)
- Edwards’ syndrome, or T18 (chromosomal abnormalities)
- Patau’s syndrome, or T13 (chromosomal abnormalities)
The above list is not exclusive and the systematic ultrasound survey of your baby from top to bottom may pick up other features that may suggest other chromosomal abnormalities or like congenital syndromes.
The placenta position is always noted on this scan as if it low lying, a repeat scan will be required later in the pregnancy to exclude placenta praevia
During the Anomaly scan, you can also request to know your baby’s gender. (this will require your baby not to be camera shy or too coy and crossing legs)
Anomaly scans result
You will receive a comprehensive report with selected pictures of your baby. Your midwife or obstetrician will usually review this scan report .
In the unlikely event, our Sonographer will find any conditions or something abnormal, you may need a follow up scan with a Fetal Medicine Consultant ( a specialist in Obstetric scanning)
You can be reassured that our team of experienced Sonographer and Consultants Obstetricians will be with you every step of the way and you will be advised on any actions required or possible scenario.
Your Anomaly Scans at the Women’s Wellness Centre
At the Women’s Wellness Centre we are pleased to welcome you into our calm and relaxed environment.
Your scan is performed by our experienced Sonographer with cutting edge technology machines which will provide you with the clearest image possible.
You can also choose to have your scan performed if you wish by one our expert Fetal Medicine Consultants if you will need a more specific professional advice.Your appointment will last 30-40 minutes and we aim to provide you with any detailed information and accompany you within the next steps if required.