Viability Scans

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and anxiety. One of the first concerns that expectant parents may have is the pregnancy's viability.

A viability scan, also known as an early pregnancy scan, is a medical imaging test used to assess the health of the developing foetus during the first trimester of pregnancy. This scan can reveal necessary information about the pregnancy, such as the presence of a healthy foetal heartbeat, gestational age, and the number of foetuses present.

This medical blog will explore the purpose of a viability scan, how it is performed, and what information it can provide to help expectant parents and healthcare providers ensure a healthy pregnancy.

What is a Viability Scan?

A viability scan, also known as an early pregnancy scan, is a medical imaging test performed during pregnancy's first trimester. The primary goal of this scan is to confirm the pregnancy's viability, which means determining whether the foetus is developing normally and has a healthy heartbeat.

Why do we need a Viability Scan?

The scan is usually performed between 6 and 10 weeks of pregnancy and is frequently the first ultrasound performed during the pregnancy. This early scan can provide vital information about the pregnancy and assist healthcare providers in identifying potential problems early on. An ultrasound probe is used during the scan to send high-frequency sound waves into the body, which bounce back to create an image of the developing foetus.

Benefits of a Viability Scan

The scan can confirm that the foetus is inside the uterus and not an ectopic pregnancy (in which the foetus grows outside the uterus), which can be fatal. The scan can also confirm the number of foetuses present and the pregnancy's gestational age. It can reveal the size and shape of the gestational sac, the presence of a yolk sac, and the fetal pole's development.

During the scan, a foetal heartbeat can be detected, which is an essential indicator of foetal viability. A viability scan can help identify potential issues such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy and confirm the pregnancy's viability. Additional testing or monitoring may be advised if any problems are discovered during the scan.

If you are expecting a baby, a viability scan is crucial to ensure your pregnancy is healthy and on track. At Apollo Cradle, we offer state-of-the-art medical imaging technology and experienced healthcare professionals who can provide you with the best care possible. Our team of experts will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you have a healthy and safe pregnancy.

How Viability Scan Is Performed

The patient will be asked to lie down on an examination table and expose their abdomen or vaginal area during the viability scan. A gel will be applied to the skin or ultrasound probe to help transmit sound waves and create more precise images of the foetus. After that, the ultrasound probe will be moved around the area to capture images of the uterus and foetus.

The healthcare provider will examine the size and shape of the gestational sac, the presence of a yolk sac, and the development of the foetal pole. During the scan, a foetal heartbeat can be detected, which is an essential indicator of foetal viability.

If the first scan did not provide clear images or information, a second scan might be recommended in some cases. This follow-up scan is usually scheduled after the foetus has grown and developed further.

Why Choose Apollo Cradle

Apollo Cradle provides several specialised investigative procedures for male and female infertility, giving couples the best chance of a successful pregnancy. Apollo Cradle’s expertise lies in a patient-centred approach delivered by a team of experts using cutting-edge technology and clinical protocols. 

Conclusion

A viability scan is an essential tool for expectant parents and healthcare providers to assess the health and development of a fetus during the early stages of pregnancy. Whether performed trans-vaginally or trans-abdominally, the procedure is non-invasive and provides critical information about fetal viability, the number of fetuses present, and the gestational age of the pregnancy. A viability scan can provide peace of mind for parents and help healthcare providers to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

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1. What is a viability scan?

A viability scan is an ultrasound examination performed between 6 and 12 weeks of pregnancy to confirm that the pregnancy is developing normally. It will also confirm or rule out the presence of twins

2. What can I expect from a viability scan?

You will be asked to drink plenty of water so that the uterus can be seen clearly during the test. For the ultrasound, a small amount of gel will be applied to your abdomen. It helps to wear loose clothing. The examination should not last more than 30 minutes.

3. Are viability scans safe?

There are no known risks to the baby or the mother from having an ultrasound scan, but it is critical that you carefully consider whether or not to have the scan. This is because the scan may reveal information that requires you to make additional important decisions.

4. What is the best scan for pregnancy?

During pregnancy, ultrasound monitors the baby's development, detects multiple pregnancies, and detects abnormalities. The ultrasound scan is not 100% accurate, but it has the advantages of being non-invasive, painless, and safe for both mother and unborn baby.

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