Why should I book a scan at Future baby 4D scan studio?
Future Baby 4D provide you services by highly qualified and NHS experienced staff. All our Sonographers are fully qualified and experienced in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and have number of years of experience of conducting ultrasound scans.
Our main aim is to confirm the health and well-being of mother & and baby. With the help of latest technology, our aim is to give you the clear vision of your baby and make your day full of unforgettable memories. Our state-of-art ultrasound machine, Voluson S10 Expert, and our qualified & friendly staff keep our practice at the forefront of women’s health and empower us to provide the best imaging for the care of our patients.
We offer emergency and out of hours/evening appointments. We can be contacted on the clinic’s phone number to arrange the emergency appointments.
Can I self refer for a private ultrasound scan?
You can make an appointment for any of our ultrasound scans as a self-referred client. We offer our clients quick access to an affordable private scan and provide you with a result on the day. You can choose and book online or phone our clinic to make an appointment.
What is a 4D baby scan?
3D Ultrasound Scans show still images of your baby in three dimensions where as 4D scans showmoving 3D imagery of your baby. 4D Scans allow you to meet your baby 4D scans, you see your baby’s skin rather than her insides. You may see the shape of your baby’s mouth and nose, or be able to spot their yawning or sticking their tongue out.
Are 4D baby scans safe?
4D scans are considered as safe as 2D scans, because the images are made up of sections of two-dimensional images converted into a picture. However, The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) do not recommend having 3D or 4D scans purely for a souvenir photo or recording.
Unlike some 4D Scan providers who cut costs by providing 4D souvenir scan services with no diagnostic value, Future Baby 4D Studio’s primary objective of 4D scan is to determine the health and wellbeing of your baby. Following ALARA principle, our equipment are set to the lowest possible settings, whilst imposing a maximum amount of time we will expose your baby to the ultrasound.
Do you offer scans for Twin and Multiple pregnancies??
Yes, we do offer scans for twin and multiple pregnancies but due to the extra time in the scan room a £25 surcharge is payable. If you are expecting twins please let us know and we will tailor our scan to suit you.
What if you see a problem?
All of our Sonographers are fully qualified and therefore if they spot any abnormalities and a medical follow-up is recommended, they will explain it to you. The sonographer will write a report for you, along with the supporting images to pass on to your healthcare provider (GP/Midwife) for further care. Also, with your permission, our Sonographers will inform your healthcare provider about the findings. Our scans do not replace your routine 12 weeks Down’s Screening / Dating 1st trimester scan and 20 weeks Anomaly scan, therefore please attend these at your chosen hospital.
How many guests can come to my pregnancy scan?
If you’re looking to make your pregnancy scan a family occasion, you can bring up to 4 guests from your household. However, given the current COVID-19 situation, please follow our COVIV-19 guideline.
What is NIPT, (IONA test)?
The IONA® test is a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) for pregnant women which estimates the risk of a fetus having Down’s syndrome (T21), Edward’s syndrome (T18) and Patau’s Syndrome (T13).
A small blood sample is taken from the mother and sent to an IONA® laboratory for analysis. The IONA® test is greater than 99% accurate.
As compared to conventional Gender Scan where the gender can only be confirmed from 16 weeks, The IONA test can confirm gender from as early as 10 weeks.
When can I have NIPT test?
NIPT test can be performed from 10 weeks gestation for singleton and twin pregnancies and the result are available in 3-5 days.
How accurate is the IONA® test?
The IONA® test has an overall accuracy of 99.8% and a less than 0.5% failure rate for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome.
How is the sample taken?
A simple blood sample is taken from your arm by a healthcare professional after you have been pregnant for at least 10 weeks.
Is the IONA® test replacing the 11-13 week dating scan in NHS?
No, it is recommended that you still have this dating scan at 11-13 weeks to assess the baby’s growth and development. The IONA® test or any other non-invasive prenatal DNA screening test will not replace this dating ultrasound.
Can I have the IONA® test if I have twins?
The IONA® test is suitable for twin pregnancies. However, in dichorionic twins, the test sensitivity is reduced from >99% to about 95%. Dichorionic means there are two placentas, which occurs with non-identical twin and some identical twin pregnancies.
Is the IONA® test 100% conclusive?
It is not 100% conclusive due to naturally occurring biological instances where the fetal DNA differs from the placental DNA. The IONA® test is a screening test.
What are my options if I have a high risk result for a trisomy?
If you get a “high risk” result, you will be contacted by your consultant or midwife. The next steps will be determined in consultation with your healthcare provider. All high risk results should be confirmed by a follow-up invasive procedure, such as amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS).