Anomaly Scan


20-week screening scan

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An anomaly scan, also known as a mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan or fetal anomaly scan, is a detailed ultrasound examination performed during pregnancy to assess the baby's growth and development and to detect any structural abnormalities or congenital anomalies. Here's what you can typically expect during an anomaly scan:

1. Timing: Anomaly scans are usually performed between 18 to 22 weeks of gestation, although the exact timing may vary depending on local protocols and individual circumstances.

2. Preparation: You may be advised to have a full bladder before the scan, as this can help improve the visibility of certain structures during the ultrasound examination. However, some healthcare providers may not require a full bladder for this scan.

3. Procedure: During the anomaly scan, a sonographer or ultrasound technician will use a handheld device called a transducer to obtain images of the baby in the womb. You will lie on an examination table, and a gel will be applied to your abdomen to help transmit sound waves and improve image quality.

4. Evaluation: The sonographer will systematically assess various aspects of the baby's anatomy, including the head, brain, face, spine, heart, abdomen, kidneys, limbs, and genitalia. They will also measure the baby's size, assess amniotic fluid levels, and evaluate the placenta's location and function.

5. Detection of Anomalies: The primary goal of the anomaly scan is to detect any structural abnormalities or congenital anomalies in the baby. Common abnormalities that may be detected include neural tube defects, heart defects, cleft lip and palate, skeletal abnormalities, abdominal wall defects, and urinary tract abnormalities, among others.

6. Discussion: Depending on the findings, the sonographer may discuss the results with you during or after the scan. In some cases, if a potential abnormality is detected, you may be referred to a specialist for further evaluation and management.

7. Emotional Support: It's normal to feel anxious or nervous before and during the anomaly scan, especially if you're concerned about the baby's health. Your healthcare provider and the ultrasound team should provide support, answer any questions you may have, and offer reassurance throughout the process.

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