Early Pregnancy Scan is also known as the Viability Scan or Dating Scan. This scan is done to reassure the couple on pregnancy at this early stage of pregnancy. An Early Pregnancy Scan can be done as early as 6 weeks of the pregnancy. At 6 weeks, the heartbeat of the fetus is audible. When an Early Pregnancy Scan is done to confirm a healthy pregnancy it is known as Viability Scan whereas when done to calculate the due date of the pregnancy it is known as the Dating Scan. Usually, Early Pregnancy Scan is done trans-abdominally but sometimes it is also done vaginally to get more clear images of the fetus during the early gestational period. Vaginal Early Pregnancy Scan is done due to many reasons such as if the womb is retroverted (inverted backward), or if the pregnancy is fewer weeks then the patient calculated.
Early Pregnancy Scan is done for the following reasons:
If during the traditional ultrasound, any abnormality is detected, then just to be accurate the following types of ultrasound scan are done: