Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. However, if your question is not listed please do not hesitate to contact us

General Questions

Pelvic Scan Questions

Choosing and booking a private ultrasound scan may raise a question or two. Based on our experience to date, we have listed some of the common ones below.

Is there a risk to my unborn baby if I have a 4D scan?

Expert opinion is that there are no known risks, to either the mother or baby associated with this procedure. Ultrasound has been in use for over 30 years with no adverse risks identified. However, as an added precaution, PAMS 3D & 4D Baby Imaging makes every effort to keep scanning times to a minimum, whilst obtaining the best possible images of the baby. We practice the A.L.A.R.A principle, which stands for As Low As Reasonably Achievable, meaning that the ultrasound settings are very low, but it is still possible to achieve incredible images. In addition, we follow the scanner settings endorsed by BMUS, British Medical Ultrasound Society.

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Why book with PAMS 3D & 4D Baby Imaging?

We offer the most comprehensive in-depth 3D and 4D scanning packages available. There are no hidden charges or reduced appointment times. All our scans are unhurried.

We have a 90% success rate in obtaining good images on your initial visit.

Sexing can be carried out on all our scans. We also ensure that your DVD recording, CD-ROM and Thermal Images are prepared for you to take home at the conclusion of your scan.

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Who performs the scan?

Fully qualified ultrasound sonographers perform all our scans.

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Can I bring guests?

Yes, including siblings. Our scanning room can accommodate up to 6 members of your family or friends.

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How do I pay?

We accept credit/debit cards and cash. A deposit of 50% is required to secure your appointment when booking. The final payment must be made on the day of your scan.

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Will my scan check for abnormalities?

Our bonding 3D/4Dscans are performed as non-medical and non-diagnostic. They are intended to assist in a wonderful early bonding experience for both parents. To attend PAMS 3D & 4D Baby Imaging you must already have undergone your initial hospital abnormality scan. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified and will use their skill and knowledge on each scan. If they do detect something untoward, we will sensitively support you and your partner or family, if present. We will take as long as is required to go through the scan with you. In the event that this should happen, we will need your written permission to supply a report and copies of any findings to your GP or hospital specialist.

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When can I come for a scan?

The best time for a consultation is between 22 and 32 weeks gestation in order to get the best images. However, if you are outside this period please contact us for further advice.

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Do I need to bring anything?

All you need to bring with you are your pregnancy notes.

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Do I need a full bladder?

No. A full bladder is not required for Gender, Bonding and 4D scans. However, it can often help to lift the baby from an awkward position if you have a slightly full bladder. Therefore we do ask that you do not empty your bladder just before your scan.

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Can I have a 4D scan if I am expecting twins or more?

Yes. Just let us know, as a longer appointment time will be allocated at a small extra cost. This is due to the length of time it can take to obtain good images. In addition, earlier gestation weeks are advised for multiple pregnancies.

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Will my 4D scan replace the hospital ones?

No, you must continue with all your appointed hospital scans.

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What will I expect from a 3D/4D ultrasound scan?

Your scan will consist of a series of high frequency sound waves, which build a 2D image. The sonographer will then capture the image and use the latest scanning technology to create a 3D image. When real time is added, you then see the 4D moving image of your baby. See our gallery for the comparison between 3D images and the baby after birth.

Please note that in order to get the best 4D pictures possible we have to revert back into 2D in order to 'set up' the picture. Therefore all the scans we do contain a mixture of 2D and 4D images.

The recording on the DVD is in black & white, not sepia throughout the scan as seen on the monitors. However, the still pictures on CD-ROM are provided in sepia.

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How long will the scan take?

Appointment times differ for each package. Upon your arrival, you will be asked to complete a short registration and consent form. Our sonographer will then begin your scan.

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What happens if my baby is in a poor position?

Should your baby be in a poor position to obtain clear 4D images, the sonographer will first try a few techniques to obtain the best image. If these are unsuccessful, you may be asked to return our Patient Lounge and walk around in an effort to encourage your baby to move.

We may try to re-scan you several times during the remaining clinic opening hours. If there isn't spare time in the clinic schedule or if the clinic is closing we will ask you to re-book for another day. Nevertheless, with our experience and little persistence we are usually able to coax even the most camera shy babies into view.

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Can I have my own choice of music on my DVD?

No, sorry. To use commercial music we would have to obtain permission from the artist and pay them a substantial sum. This would make your 4D Scan DVD very, very expensive.

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Pelvic Scans

Can I self refer for a private ultrasound scan?

Absolutely yes. The service provider, however, must have a recognised clinical framework (correct processes for providing clinical services directly to the public) such as ours in place. All of our ultrasound services comply with guideline recommendations and are maintained to the required standard. Pam Kapur is an Advanced Practitoner Sonographer registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and The Society of Radiographers.

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Why should I buy a private ultrasound scan?

Popular reasons for booking a private ultrasound directly are:

  • To avoid a long wait for an appointment.
  • Having a wider choice of appointment times to choose from.
  • Longer appointment than the typical hospital equivalent.
  • The results of our scans are given to you on the day.
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Is ultrasound scanning safe?

Provided the ultrasound service on offer is being operated to the required guidelines, there are no contraindications for first line ultrasound scans. Since ultrasound is not an ionising radiation such as x-ray, there are also no known hazardous effects associated with multiple first line scans, again provided the service is operated to recommended guidelines. The safety of diagnostic ultrasound continues to be researched and monitored by the relevant professional bodies.

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What is the difference between diagnostic and non-diagnostic scans?

Any pregnancy scans referred to as "non-diagnostic" should be avoided. It implies that the (diagnostic) ultrasound equipment is not be being used in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines. It is possible that the person is not a health care professional and might not follow their duty of care requirement.

The service providers may not be professionally insured and are prepared to ignore any incidental findings and therefore contravene their duty of care requirements. The person offering it may, in addition, be ignoring the fundamental safety guidelines set out by the DoH in the UK.

All of our pregnancy scans include the minimum of a well-being check, are carried out by health care professionals who will act upon their duty of care and who can write clinical reports. Our ultrasound systems are sourced through official channels and are set-up and operated to the manufacturer's guidelines.

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What should I expect when I arrive for an appointment?

Please go to our clinic receptionist on arrival who will then ask you to read through our consent form and discuss any aspect of your scan before your appointment. You will not need to change into a gown, but please read any pre scan preparations found in the scan descriptions and your booking confirmation.  Payments and balances are taken once you have signed the consent form and before the scan.

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Who can I bring into the scan room?

A private scan is your choice and our Sonographers will always accommodate 3-4 guests and your partner. It is worth noting that certain scans may involve intimate or internal scanning and we recommend if you require a chaperone that you bring someone you feel comfortable with as there may not be suitable staff available. Also consider who you would feel comfortable with if your results were a medical follow up outcome.

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Who will perform my scan?

All our scans are carried out by Sonographers. Sonographers usually train first as a Radiographer, then undertake an approved post-registration course. These courses are offered by higher education and as a minimum requirement one additional academic year that prepares them both clinically and academically for this specific area of practice. All practising Radiographers are regulated by the Healthcare Professions Council.

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What will I be able to see during my scan?

During your scan time you will be able to see your images in real time on a large dedicated viewing monitor. Occasionally, you may be asked to lie in a position where this is not possible. During your scan, our Sonographers will explain to you what it is they are imaging.

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When and how do I get my results from my private ultrasound scan?

In nearly all cases your scan results will be given to you at the end of your scan appointment in a clear written format with supporting images. We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary. We will also provide a CD-ROM of images for ease of emailing to your fertility clinic if required.

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What happens when my scan shows something is wrong?

If your scan outcome (result) is a medical follow-up recommendation. The reason for this will be clearly explained at the end of your scan. You will be given a detailed report including images.

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Will my results be confidential?

All legalities and security procedures are in place and your results will not be viewed by any unauthorised person. Your permission is always obtained before we contact your GP if this is a necessary course of action.

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†If you choose not to have a trans vaginal scan we may be able to complete the scan trans abdominally. However please note that results may not be as accurate.

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