Scans in pregnancy can be performed from very early on for confirmation of pregnancy and various other indications such as bleeding or pain.
Early pregnancy scans are usually performed using the trans-vaginal probe. This technique is safe, painless and is helpful for the accurate diagnosis of some complications such as an ectopic pregnancy.
It is not necessary to have a full bladder; the probe is covered by a protective sheath and is gently introduced into the vagina to see the uterus and the gestation sac in detail.
This technique also allows the sonographer to see the foetus one week earlier than if the scan was performed from the abdomen. The all-female team of sonographers will take every precaution to ensure privacy and dignity during this examination and gain your consent before proceeding with the trans-vaginal scan.
Early pregnancy scans may be desired when a period has been missed and confirmation of a viable pregnancy is required. It is also indicated when there is pain, bleeding or if there is a history of previous miscarriages. Your doctor may wish to rule out an ectopic pregnancy which can be a serious condition.