Viability Scan

A Viability Scan is a medical ultrasound scan that can assess the health and viability of an embryo or foetus in utero. This invaluable tool provides expectant parents with detailed insight into the development of their unborn child, allowing them to make informed decisions about their pregnancy. It is a safe, non-invasive procedure that can help identify any potential problems before they become more serious. The viability scan gives peace of mind during this special period of life.

Types of Viability Scan

There are various types of viability scans. A Transvaginal Scan is an internal scan that involves inserting a probe into the vagina and is used to check the development of an embryo in early pregnancy. An Abdominal Scan uses sound waves to create an image of the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes on a monitor. It can be used to check the health of a developing foetus. Doppler Scans can be used to measure blood flow through vessels inside or near the uterus and can be used to assess foetal wellbeing. Finally, 3D/4D scans provide detailed images of the baby in utero, enabling parents to bond with their unborn child.

Who qualifies for a Viability Scan?

A viability Scan is recommended for patients of all ages who have had difficulty conceiving, are having recurrent miscarriages, or have undergone assisted reproductive treatments such as IVF. It is also suitable for those who wish to check the health of an existing pregnancy. The scan can be recommended by a GP, fertility specialist, or midwife.

When would a doctor suggest undergoing a Viability Scan?

Patients may be advised to have a viability scan during their pregnancy if they need further reassurance or if they have experienced bleeding, cramping, or any other irregularities. Doctors also often recommend the scan for those at higher risk of miscarriage due to age, family history, or existing medical conditions. It is also recommended that patients who have had fertility treatment have a viability scan to ensure the pregnancy is progressing as expected. In any case, where there are potential concerns about the health of the foetus, a viability scan can provide valuable information and peace of mind.

How should one prepare for a Viability Scan?

Before a viability scan, the patient should avoid eating and drinking for at least four hours. It is best to wear comfortable clothing that can be easily removed from the waist down. The patient should empty their bladder before the scan and bring an ultrasound-safe lubricant if preferred. It is important to note that no preparation is needed for a transvaginal scan, but it is advised to have a full bladder for a transabdominal scan.

Benefits of a Viability Scan

A viability Scan is an ultrasound that helps determine the health of a pregnancy. It can detect the heartbeat of an embryo, confirm the gestational age, and assess the risk of miscarriage. It also allows for accurate dating of pregnancies and can detect multiple pregnancies. In addition, it can help identify potential problems such as ectopic pregnancies or placental abnormalities. A viability scan is beneficial because it accurately confirms that the pregnancy is healthy and viable, providing reassurance to expecting mothers.


A Viability Scan is a medical procedure used to determine if a pregnancy has the potential to progress to term. It helps diagnose any complications or risks in the early stages of the pregnancy, allowing for early and effective treatment if necessary. This scan is an invaluable tool for both doctors and patients, providing assurance and helping couples prepare for a successful pregnancy. A viability scan can give couples peace of mind that they are doing everything they need to ensure a healthy pregnancy journey.

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1. What information does a viability scan provide?

A viability scan provides information about the heartbeat, gestational age, size of the embryo, and amniotic fluid levels.

2. How often should I have a viability scan?

Generally speaking, it is recommended that pregnant women have at least one viability scan between 6-8 weeks of gestation. If there are any concerns or complications with the pregnancy, more frequent scans may be necessary.

3. Does a viability scan involve any risks?

Viability scans are generally considered safe and low-risk procedures, although there may be some minor discomfort associated with having an ultrasound. There are also no known harmful effects from having an ultrasound during pregnancy.

4. Is it possible to detect chromosomal abnormalities through a viability scan?

While it is not possible to definitively diagnose chromosomal abnormalities through a viability scan, certain markers can help inform further testing and diagnosis.

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