The probe is covered with a disposable protective sheath.
A small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on the end of this probe.
5 ½ weeks gestation means 5 ½ weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, which is usually about 3 ½ weeks from the date of conception (confusing, isn’t it!
Those 9 months waiting to see your baby can feel so long whilst you're not feeling your best, and you're regularly feeling your little bundle moving around inside your tummy reminding you every minute that they're on their way.However, in the early pregnancy, the developing embryo is very small (at 6 weeks gestation, the baby is only 5-9mm long) and a transvaginal ultrasound may be required to get a better image of the baby.Transvaginal ultrasound is safe and commonly performed during all stages of pregnancy, including the first trimester. Transabdominal ultrasound involves scanning through your lower abdomen.An anomaly scan, also known as a mid-pregnancy scan, takes a close look at your baby and your womb (uterus).The person carrying out the scan (sonographer) will check that your baby is developing normally, and look at where your placenta is lying.The main purpose of the scan is to check that your baby is developing normally, rather than whether you're expecting a boy or girl.However, you may want to know your baby's gender, or ask for a photo of your scan.The procedure itself is carried out by a fully trained an qualified professional ultrasonographer at our scan centre in Widnes (in Cheshire), who is a member of a professional body.Using the latest technology, and although we can't guarantee the position of your baby on the day, our sonographers will do their best to get some great photos in 2D, 3D and full HD i Live for you to take away and look back at in years to come.Most dating scans are done with a trans-abdominal transducer and a fullish bladder.If the pregnancy is very early the gestation sac and fetus will not be big enough to see, so the transvaginal approach will give better pictures.