The 4DWellbeingAssure™ scan is primarily designed to perform wellbeing checks on your baby after your NHS anomaly scan between 24-32 wks gestation.
Advanced HDlive 3D/4D imaging will be obtained during the diagnostic evaluation and complimentary baby sexing is included providing baby is in a conducive position.
This scan has been specifically developed for optimum safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. All staff will be wearing an approved level of PPE for your protection, and your scan report and imagery will be sent to you digitally to support infection control measures.
The 4DWellbeingAssure™ scan can be conducted between 24 and 32 weeks gestation (after your NHS anomaly scan). This scan focuses on wellbeing observations of your unborn baby combined with 3D/4D imaging.
During the scan your fully-qualified obstetric Sonographer will observe heartbeat, movement, placental site, amniotic fluid volume and position of baby, all of which will be documented in the form of a wellbeing report, providing valuable information to share with your midwife. 3D/4D imagery will be obtained during the process of the diagnostic evaluation using advanced HDlive imaging software.
Your scan will be conducted using an abdominal ultrasound probe (external on the abdomen), and it is important to recognise that imagery obtained is derived from the reflection of sound waves passing through your abdomen creating the visual image. The level of diagnostic evaluation and visibility achievable can differ greatly between clients, especially in cases of a high BMI which can result in poor image resolution possibly leading to an inconclusive evaluation.
Please Note: The primary purpose of this scan is to achieve an essential diagnostic evaluation of your unborn baby, during which we will use advanced 3D/4D HDlive imaging software to provide views of baby in an alternative perspective. Complimentary gender evaluation cannot be conducted in a secret format with this scan.
Terms & Conditions
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this 4DWellbeingAssure™ ultrasound scan is subject to a number of special terms and conditions:
COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic Special Measures
This scan has been specifically developed for optimum safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with the primary purpose of this scan being to achieve an essential diagnostic evaluation of your unborn baby, during which we will use advanced 3D/4D HD live imaging software to provide views of baby in an alternative perspective. All staff will be wearing an approved level of PPE for your protection, and your scan report and imagery will be sent to you digitally to support infection control measures. Full details of our special procedures will be emailed along with your appointment confirmation. Please be aware that none-essential ‘bonding & souvenir’ scans breach the social distancing measures (law in Wales) as defined at the Amber phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic, however, the provision of essential diagnostic baby scans performed by qualified obstetric sonographers is permitted.
Scan Time & Baby’s Safety
Your 4DWellbeingAssure™ scan will last for approximately 5 minutes. As an ethical and regulated provider we comply with the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) guidelines, only scanning for as long as it necessitates to achieve the required diagnostic evaluation. Whilst we appreciate longer scan times promoted by other scan companies may seem appealing, the safety and wellbeing of your baby is paramount and should not be compromised.
Referral Procedure to NHS
In the event we identify matters of concern and it is considered a further detailed diagnostic assessment is required, a referral to your NHS GP/Midwife will be provided in accordance with our approved procedures. Referrals to NHS will only be provided when there is justified concern.
Complimentary Gender Evaluation
This is subject to your unborn baby's gestation age and their position at the time of the scan. No additional time will be taken to encourage your baby into a cooperative conducive position, and failure to achieve baby sexing does not constitute cause for rescan or refund. Gender evaluation cannot be conducted in a ‘secret’ format with this scan.
Advanced HDlive 4D Imaging
Advanced 3D/4D HDlive imaging software will be used to provide views of baby in an alternative perspective.
Your baby’s position can sometimes make it difficult to achieve clear 3D/4D imagery. If this is the case, our sonographer may recommend that you take a short walk to encourage movement; if this does not have the intended effect, we will be happy to offer you a complimentary re-scan on a later date. Terms and conditions apply. If in the sonographer’s professional opinion further scanning is unlikely to achieve the desired 4D imagery, you will be offered the opportunity to downgrade the scan to the GrowthAssure™ scan with the difference in price refunded accordingly instead of the complimentary re-scan.
Multiple Pregnancy Surcharge
A multiple pregnancy will require further scan time in order to conduct the detailed assessment of multiple foetus and to obtain 4D imagery; as such we charge an additional £40 to account for the extended appointment time allocated. It is recommended that this scan is performed between 22-26 weeks gestation for optimum results.
Sonographers & Regulation
All ultrasound scans are performed by qualified and experienced obstetric Sonographers registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
During the pandemic we are permitting one adult guest to accompany you into the examination room. Face masks are now compulsory for all visitors attending the clinic and during the examination guests must remain seated within the physical distancing zone. Additional family members and children are welcome to view your scan through the window from outside the building, where they can watch the large screen with audio displayed from our private viewing room. Please be aware this guest policy is continually under review during the pandemic and is subject to change at short notice to comply with any Government restrictions imposed.
The diagnostic evaluations obtained whilst conducting our growth and wellbeing scans provide valuable insight into baby’s continual development and wellbeing, designed to compliment but not replace your NHS Dating/NT (12-14wks) and Anomaly scans (20 wks). Whilst each scan type has a specific purpose, gestation age criteria and defined reporting protocols, our qualified Sonographers have an ethical obligation to highlight, report and refer matters of concern which may be outside the scope/protocols of the performed scan. In some circumstances further NHS evaluation and screening may be required; however the gestation age criteria for such evaluations will be determined by your NHS Antenatal provider.
Arrive with a full bladder as this will assist with magnification of scan imagery. Please do NOT empty bladder prior to scan. Sugar in the blood stream will assist with baby’s movement which can greatly assist 4D imaging and gender evaluation. Remove any belly piercings in advance of your appointment. We will need to expose your abdomen during the scan, as such please consider wearing a two piece outfit in order that we may respect your dignity.
The best 4D imagery is obtained when baby has plenty of room for movement and when there is ample fluid to project imagery; as such we recommend 4D imaging scans are performed between 26-29 weeks for optimum results.