Scan FAQ’s

What is Pregnancy Ultrasound?

Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build up a picture of the inside of the body. The ultrasound scanner has a microphone which gives off sound waves which are then reflected back and converted into an image by the ultrasound machine.

With a 2D ultrasound, the Sonographer can view different layers of the baby, from the outer extremities to the internal organs. A 3D or 4D ultrasound scan differs where only the outside of the baby can be seen; it forms a topographical image of the baby so that the contours of the face and limbs can be more defined.

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Other questions we are asked

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In trained hands it is yes!
We are all qualified, experienced registered Sonographers. Your 3D/4D scan uses the same type of ultrasound as your 2D routine hospital scan. The power or intensity DOES NOT change when moving from 2D to 3D/4D. It is the machine software that simply processes the information in a different way.

The GE Voluson 730 expert pro is used by many hospitals and ultrasonographers and is as safe as any other ultrasound machine used by a professional who has a recognized qualification in ultrasound scanning. Ultrasound technology has been the subject of many clinical trials over the last 30 years and has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. It is just the same type of machine used in your maternity hospital to perform all the regular diagnostic examinations of your baby.

EFSUMB Clinical Safety Statement for Diagnostic Ultrasound states that ultrasound examinations should be performed only by competent personnel who are trained and updated in ultrasound safety matters. All Tummy2mummy Sonographers are compliant in ultrasound safety matters.

For more information on ultrasound safety go to http://www.bmus.org/policies-guides/pg-safety05.asp


Our Private scans are not medical or diagnostic, they are meant to be for reassurance and bonding purposes. If however as medically trained Sonographers if we were to see any adverse features we would of course report on them to your chosen NHS hospital.
At Tummy2mummy we are able to provide counselling or offer guidance if signs of a fetal abnormality are unexpectedly revealed.
We do our very best to get the best images we can. Each baby will scan differently, and we do everything we can to get the very best images possible. Baby is boss! Sometimes baby can look away from us, or put their hands and feet up in front of their face.

If we are not happy with the images or footage we have obtained for you we have tricks of the trade, a walk, cold drink, a change of position, if those options fail then we are happy to rebook you free of charge for another attempt.

Issues that can make the image less than perfect include: reduced fluid around your babe; fuller figured mums-to-be; and the position of your baby and the position of your placenta.

options to improve chances - increase your fluid intake a few days before the scan, have a sugary drink an hour before the scan (if you do not have history of diabetes)
Yes of course! This is, after all your experience and we encourage you to invite your loved ones along to enjoy the wonderful experience with you (especially since numbers are usually restricted during routine hospital scans). We can comfortably sit 6 but if family members don't mind standing additional guests are welcome and we do have 2 large wall mounted screen so everyone should be able to see. We also welcome children, it is a special time for bonding for them too.
You can ring / text our number on 07886882590 everyday between 9am - 8pm or Email us anytime with your appointment requirements or walk into our any of our Clinics.
Opening times:
Hinckley Clinic
• Monday 9am - 5pm
• Tuesday 10am - 8pm
• Wednesday 10am - 6pm
• Thursday closed
• Friday 10am - 8pm
• Saturday 9am -5pm
• Sunday closed

Leamington Spa Clinic
• Wednesday 10.30am - 8pm
• Friday 2pm - 7pm
• Saturday 10am -5pm

Coventry Clinic
Opening times vary from week to week.
Yes. You should bring your Pregnancy / Hospital Notes for all types of Scan(as health care professionals we are permitted to document in your notes), including the contact details for your midwife, GP or Obstetrician so that we may contact them if necessary. If you are booked in for a 3D/4D Scan you should also consume a sugary fizzy drink and a bar of chocolate an hour before your scan (this may be used to stimulate your baby to move more during your scan). However, if you suffer from gestational diabetes, please ask for advice.
A full bladder, drink 1 to 2 pints of water an hour before scan for early scans before 13 weeks.
Payment is on the day of the scan by cash or cheque. We do ask for a £20 deposit for all our 30 minute appointments and £40 for all our 1 hour appointments, this can be taken by debit/credit card over the phone.
No. Your scan at Tummy2mummy is in not a replacement for your routine hospital appointments and scans. You should always attend your hospital scans as required.
Yes, just let our staff know before your scan and we will make every effort to keep your secret !