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

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 9.30am - 8pm or Email us anytime with your appointment requirements .
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.
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. The remaining balance is then paid by cash at the time of the appointment. Cancellation of appointments 48 hours before your appointment you will receive a refund of your deposit minus a £5 administration fee. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to your appointment will loose the full deposit amount.
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 !
At Tummy2mummy Ltd, we respect your personal data. This Fair Processing Notice (FPN) explains how we will use your personal data as one of our Clients.

Our contact details
We have clinics in Hinckley, Coventry and Leamington Spa.
Our Business Manager is responsible for Data Protection and can be contacted via the email address:

What personal data do we collect about you? How will we use that personal data?

At Tummy2mummy, We value each and every one of our Clients. With that in mind, we want you to know that we take the privacy of your data very seriously. We need to collect and process your personal data in order to provide you with our scanning and midwifery services.

Initially, we collect your name, email address, phone number and information about your pregnancy via our website or telephone call. Once you book your appointment with us we enter this information into our appointment booking system. rest assured Tummy2mummy are the only ones with access to it.

When you attend your appointment, you will be asked to complete a Consent form which will include personal information, contact details and a medical questionnaire. Some of these contain information about your Health, which is considered "Special Category" data under GDPR.. Rest assured, we do not do anything with this information except attach a copy to your file. On rare occasions, we may be asked to send this data to a third-party company (e.g. A Hospital or clinic you are being referred to).

What is our legal basis for processing your personal data?

We need a legal basis in order to process your personal data.
We will process the following personal data as we believe we have a legitimate interest to do so:
- your personal data provided when you complete your consent form. Our legitimate interest is providing you with our scanning and midwifery services, which is what you've asked us to do.

Do we use any automated decision making?

We do not use any automated decision making.

Who do we share your personal data with?

We share your data with:
" Hospitals, GP Surgery's and Clinics when a referral is needed.

Do we transfer your personal data outside of the EU or EEA?

We do not transfer your personal data outside of the EU as a general rule. If you require us to send any of your information to a clinic outside the EU then we will process this for you following your given consent.

How long do we keep your personal data for?

We will keep your data for 7 years from the date of your appointment.

Your rights as a data subject
The GDPR gives you rights as a data subject. You have:
1. The right to request from us access to your personal data;
2. The right to request from us rectification of your personal data;
3. The right to request from us erasure of your personal data;
4. The right to request from us restriction of processing your personal data;
5. The right to object to our processing of your personal data;
6. The right of data portability;
7. If we are processing your personal data on the basis of your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. To do so please contact This does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on your consent before you withdrew it; and
8. You have the right to complain to the ICO if you feel that we have been unable to resolve your query.

More information on your rights can be found in Chapter 3 of the General Data Protection Regulation.