Dear all,

East Anglia Ultrasound Services is happy to offer you a new service: the Early Fetal Scan from 12 to 15 weeks.

What is an Early Fetal Scan?

Recent systematic reviews of studies published in 1991-2014 found that first trimester screening could identify about half of all anomalies.

The main aim of the Early Fetal Scan is screening for structural anomalies. Early Fetal scan is a top to toe anatomical review of the fetal organs with special attention to the heart and brain. The optimal time for ES scan is 12-13 weeks (12+5 weeks).

Examples of important anomalies potentially detectable at 12-13 weeks:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Spina Bifida
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Lethal skeletal dysplasias
  • Limb defects
  • Cleft lip/palate


What are the main advantages of Early Fetal Scan?

  • Early detection of anomalies
  • Detection of severe cases with worst prognosis
  • Simultaneous with NIPT
  • Early prenatal diagnosis (CVS instead amniocentesis)
  • Possibility of using transvaginal scanning (TVS)
  • Some anomalies are more prominent and better visible
  • Time for additional tests and its results (karyotype, arrays, genetic, TORCH, ets) and for counseling by multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Option for surgical termination for lethal conditions
  • Understating of natural history of anomalies
  • If something is unclear on Early Fetal scan, there is always time for detailed follow-up scans at 16 and 20 weeks


Although, Early Fetal Scan does NOT replace screening tests like NIPT, CVS, amniocentesis or the routing 20 weeks’ Anomaly Scan.

Early Fetal Scan is offered at our clinic every Wednesday by our highly experienced Sonographer, Marites Doniego Cross. -> Book online

Marites Doniego Cross

For other weekdays/weekend’s appointments not available among the slots offered on ourĀ  website, please call the clinic to check the availability.

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Best wishes to all of you,