Dating scan For most women, the dating scan is their first scan.
For women who have been given distressing news about their baby during the scan, there should be a health professional available to provide immediate support.
In the case of a suspected abnormality, women should be seen for a second opinion by an expert in fetal ultrasound, such as a fetal medicine specialist.
An appointment should be arranged as soon as possible and ideally within three working days.
Any delay in receiving more information about the abnormality and its implications will be distressing for women and this should be acknowledged.
Every scan I've been so I can't talk, I can't move, I can't, you know, I'm just in shock. I know I've put myself through this as a choice, I knew it was going to be like this. So I can talk about it quite 'blah' - I can say 'yeah it was a viability scan', and 'oh there's a heart beat, that's marvellous' - you know it wasn't 'well of course there'll be a heartbeat at all', it was the other way round, so to me that was positive.
Occupations' Mother - mother, formerly technical trainer, Father - software engineer. And just going for the scans I think I've been scared - I think this is the worst I've been I think - I was literally trembling when I went inside. So I still have an element of optimism [laughs], but I would still approach a scan in a very fearful way.
Have you seen our images of fetal ultrasound at between eight weeks and 12 weeks?
If so, you'll have these scans in early pregnancy at clinics in larger hospitals.
Even if you've had a miscarriage before, as long as your current pregnancy is going well, you may not be offered a scan. So if you need the reassurance, your GP should be able to request an early scan for you.