Early pregnancy scan: brief description

Information about the first trimester ultrasound scan.


Information about the first trimester scan: what is the scan for?

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This publication sets out the early pregnancy ultrasound scan:

  • purpose of the scan
  • what will happen in the scan room
  • procedures for after the scan
  • what happens if a problem is found or suspected
  • what will happen if the scan cannot be completed
Published 1 January 2010
Last updated 18 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated copyright and use of personal data statements.
  2. Updated and rebranded leaflet artwork.
  3. First published.