Fetal Anomaly Scan

Fetal Anomaly / Anatomy Scan

The Aim

  • This is a detailed assessment of physical structures of the baby at around 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. Special attention is paid to the brain, face, spine, heart, stomach, bowel, kidneys and limbs of the baby.
  • Checking the position of the placenta.
  • Checking the growth and water around the baby.
  • Checking the length of Cervix ( Lower end of uterus) if it is applicable.

The Interpretation

  • 2-4% of the babies may have a physical abnormality visible in ultrasonography. As some of the problems may be minor and may not need a serious intervention, except some monitoring, While few of the other abnormalities may be serious in nature. Based on nature of the abnormality, it may be lethal, curable or not curable.
  • If the placenta is found to be low, a rechecking will be suggested at a later date around 8 months of pregnancy.
  • Any problems with the growth and water around the baby or length of cervix at this stage will mentioned and further action plan will be suggested.

The Preparation and After

  • You may eat normally before.
  • Usually we will not need a full bladder for this test.
  • Based on the findings, you will be reassured if the baby is found to be normal. If any abnormality is found, Parents will receive full counselling concerning the significance of the abnormality and the various options available.
  • You will be given a printed report within 15 minutes in most of the cases.