A fetal growth and wellbeing ultrasound scan is typically performed in the late second and the third trimester. The aim of the examination is to assess:
- Fetal heart activity
- The presentation of the baby
- Fetal size and growth pattern
- The amount of amniotic fluid around the baby
- The position of the placenta
- The blood flow through the umbilical artery and when indicated within the fetal brain
- Gender (If parents want to know)
The fetal growth is assessed by using four basic measurements:
- Biparietal diameter (BPD)
- Head Circumference (HC)
- Abdominal circumference(AC
- Femur length (FL)
A single series of measurements at one point can diagnose a small or large fetus, but the overall growth pattern can only be assessed over separate scans, at least 14 days apart.
During your ultrasound scan we will explain the findings to you and following your scan we will give you any images then email you a report. If we feel that any follow-up is necessary, we will advise you to arrange further assessment.
Please call Ray who deals with our referrals on 07716 210 030 for more information or to make an appointment.