Dating or Viability Scan


When can this Scan be done

  • This is a scan usually carried out trans-vaginally at 6 -10 weeks of pregnancy.

The aim of the Dating or Viability Scan

  • the most common reason is to confirm pregnancy and to check that the embryo is viable
  • To ensure the embryo has implanted within the uterus and there is not an ectopic pregnancy occurring.
  • Confirm the presence of one or more embryos and gestational sacs.
  • Assess the gestational age. This can also be known as a “dating scan”. To determine your expected date of delivery (EDD) based on the development of the embryo.
  • When a mother has been experiencing blood loss, the ultrasound can identify the cause and source of the bleeding.
  • Check the size of the embryo and ensure the baby is the right size for gestational age.
  • To do a general check of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

More about Dating & Vialibilty Scans

At this stage your baby may look like a little tadpole. Although it is still tiny, all of its important internal organs are developing. This development will be using a lot of your energy so make sure rest. And it’s really important to speak with your maternity care provider about taking folic acid supplements too.

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