An ultrasound is much more than just making a beautiful picture of your baby during pregnancy.
With an ultrasound we monitor your child’s development and growth professionally. It is not only a valuable addition to the pregnancy check-ups, but besides a special and beautiful view inside the abdomen also provides your obstetrician/gynaecologist with important information on all the phases of and around the pregnancy.
We carry out your ultrasounds with the latest ultrasound technology and all our sonographers are highly trained and experienced in the field.
Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
Please note: If you have not received a referral from the midwife or GP, but would still like to visit us, this is always possible. However, you will have to pay the costs of the ultrasound yourself in advance.
In most cases, this ultrasound is done through the abdominal wall. The quality of the transabdominal ultrasound may not be sufficient, for example due to poor image quality or other factors. In those cases the ultrasound will be performed vaginally (through your vagina). The best time for this ultrasound is between 10 and 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Depending on the gestational age and the possible cause, this ultrasound is performed through your abdominal wall or vaginally (through your vagina).
You can opt for the NIPT if you want to find out during the pregnancy whether your child has Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome or Patau syndrome.
People with Down syndrome have an intellectual disability. A person is born with it. In some it is more serious than in others. It is not possible to tell in advance.
Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome are far less common than Down syndrome. They are very serious conditions. In most cases the child will die before or around birth.
First Trimester Screening / 13-Week Ultrasound
You decide whether you want the 13-week ultrasound. This examination is very similar to the 20-week ultrasound.
Please note: You can only opt for the 13-week ultrasound if you participate in the IMITAS scientific study.
Anatomy Scan / 20-Week ultrasound
The 20-week ultrasound is also referred to as structural ultrasound examination (SEO). It is part of prenatal screening.
The main purpose of this ultrasound is to detect spina bifida (split spine). Nowadays, other congenital defects can also be detected. The anatomy scan is part of the prenatal screening, It takes place between 18 and 21 weeks of pregnancy and preferably between 19-20 weeks.
Fetal Growth Scan
You will only receive this ultrasound if there is reason to believe that the placenta is close to the cervix (‘low-lying’). In general, this ultrasound is always performed vaginally (through the vagina). The best time for this ultrasound is between week 30 and 32 of the pregnancy.
Gynaecological Ultrasound / IUD Placement Check
This ultrasound is always performed internally/vaginally.
During pregnancy and shortly after the birth of your child, you will be offered various screenings (examinations). These are the NIPT, 13- and 20-week ultrasounds. On this page you’ll find all information about the screenings.
Your sonographer must be able to concentrate fully on you and the examination. That is why we urge you to bring a maximum of ONE other person and preferably NO children to your ultrasound examination.