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Where do our baby scans take place?
Our Carlisle facilities are based at Zenya, 1 Mulcaster Cres, Stanwix, Carlisle CA3 0DQ
See our locations page for maps and directions to all centres.
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a technique which uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image which can be displayed and recorded.
Does the 2D, 3D or 4D scan replace my NHS scan?
No, the scans First Peek perform are non-diagnostic scan, with the sole purpose of allowing you time to bond with your baby.
When is the earliest time I can have my scan.
2D Dating - from 8 weeks
2D Gender - from 18 weeks
3D/4D from 18 weeks - 32 weeks
What are 3D and 4D ultrasound?
These are similar to the 2D ultrasound most people are familiar with (the black and white photos) but use a more advanced technology to produce a more life-like 3D image of your baby. 4D imaging adds movement to the images allowing you to see your baby kick, wave and yawn. Further details are on the 2D/3D/4D pages.
Is ultrasound safe?
Used within the safe parameters by a fully qualified sonographer ultrasound is thought to be safe. However, there are theoretical risks regarding safety which are dealt with in the safety statement by BMUS
Are the 2D, 3D and 4D scans safe?
Used within the safe parameters by a fully qualified sonographer ultrasound is thought to be safe.
However, there are theoretical risks regarding safety. Very little information is currently available regarding possible subtle biological effects of diagnostic levels of ultrasound on the developing human embryo or fetus, and the possibility of developmental effects in the brain cannot be ruled out. A balance must always be maintained between diagnostic benefit and risk to the patient.The output levels of our machine are no different from those used in your local hospital. All scans are carried out to strict guidelines. In the last four decades of use of ultrasound there has been no evidence that there has been any harm to mother or baby.
Do I need a full bladder for my 2D, 3D or 4D scan?
For scans after 20 weeks - No
For scans before 20 weeks - Yes Please.
What if something is wrong with my baby?
If a problem is identified we will provide you with a written report and if you wish we will willingly contact your doctor or midwife for you, with your permission.
All scans for twins must be noted at the time of booking as extra time is required for twin scans. The following extra charges are applied for twin scans:
Gender, Gender Plus, Growth and Growth Plus - £10 extra
3D CD package, 4D Peek and Silver Package - £20 extra
Gold Package - £25 extra
Platinum Package - £50 extra
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your antenatal notes with you in case we need any information from them.
How long is each appointment?
It can take up to 45 minutes for the 4D scans or up to 30 minutes for the 2D scans which hopefully allows for a good position of the baby as well as production of your photos and/or DVD/Video.
Can I have more than one scan?
Yes, just not on the same day.
Can I bring friends and family with me?
Yes. We do request that all young children are accompanied by an adult other than the mother being scanned. Please phone ahead to check as there is a maximum number of people allowed in the scan room, as stipulated by health and safety laws.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
No, not always. All pictures are influenced by the positioning of your baby. If we are unable to get suitable images due to the baby's position a further scan will be offered. We are not in control of your baby and cannot guarantee movement. Our Sonographers are trained in passive techniques to stimulate babies. However, this does not always produce desired results. If you are unhappy with the images, you must let the Sonographer know during the scan; a further scan will be arranged for you on a different day.
How much does a scan cost?
It is dependent on which scan you choose. Please see the packages and prices page for further details.
What are the qualifications of the person doing the scan?
Our Radiographer/Sonographer still works within the NHS as a Reporting Sonographer and also has extensive experience working in the private sector providing 3D/4D scans. She has also Lecturered and Tutored for post-graduate students in Ultrasound Physics.
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