An early pregnancy scan is a 2D ultrasound examination which is performed in order to establish the gestational age of the pregnancy.

2D Early Pregnancy Scans (Dating Scans)

Available from 8-14 weeks

The first trimester can be an exciting but anxious time. Expectant parents often need to wait for up to 15 weeks before they get their public maternity hospital appointment and the reassurance that everything is fine with their baby. With our private ultrasound scans, you can get this reassurance as soon as 8 weeks gestation so you can begin to enjoy your pregnancy with peace of mind.

Our Early Pregnancy Scans reveal important information about your pregnancy such as the gestational age of your pregnancy, the number of foetuses & gestational sacs, the presence of a heartbeat and the size of your baby. The due date is estimated based on your baby’s measurements and the dates of your last menstrual period.

When Is The Most Accurate Time For An Early Pregnancy Scan

The earlier this pregnancy scan is done, the more accurate it is at estimating your baby’s due date. Pregnancy Scans performed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are generally within 3 – 5 days of accuracy. The most accurate time for the due date calculation is between 8 and 11 weeks pregnant. This is because your baby is growing so quickly that there is a big difference in size from week to week. Also, the baby cannot bend and twist very much yet, so the length of the body is fairly constant. However, the accuracy of the ultrasound examination is always dependent on the position of organs and internal bodily fluids.

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Each Early Pregnancy Baby Scan Includes...

The price of our early pregnancy scan (dating scan) is €99.


Most frequent asked questions and answers

An Early Pregnancy Baby Scan with UltraSound Ireland costs €99.

See above for details of what is included in this price.

Our highly-trained sonographers use ultrasound equipment and a scanning device which is placed on the mother’s stomach. Sound waves are produced by the equipment, then the software translates these sound waves into an image.

The Early Pregnancy Baby Scan is recommended from 8-weeks to 14-weeks pregnant.

At 8-weeks gestational age we can detect the baby’s heartbeat through a trans-abdominal examination. We can get a 2-dimensional picture of the baby at this stage. 3D ultrasound imaging is not achievable at this stage of pregnancy because the baby is not developed enough yet for the 3D scan to be effective.

The earlier the pregnancy scan is done- the better the accuracy of the due date. Pregnancy scans performed between 8 and 12-weeks give the most accurate due date estimations. Estimated due date is usually between 3-5 days of accuracy. Dating Scans performed after 18 weeks pregnant can be inaccurate by as much as two weeks. This is influenced by how much your baby is able to twist and turn, the more moving your baby is doing – the less accurate the measurements.

With UltraScan you can have your scan images and videos sent to you via Whatsapp or email. This enables you to share them easily and download them for safekeeping.
You will also receive 5 glossy black & white small scan photo prints and your two favourite scan pictures professionally printed in 6”x4” photos.

Yes, you can bring one guest with you, including children. This gives your friends and family the opportunity to meet your baby before they’re born. This is an option which could not be facilitated at your public hospital scans. A great idea if you have children and wish to give them a glimpse of their new brother/sister.

Yes, you can purchase an UltraScan gift voucher by calling us on (01) 429 5710. This makes a great gift for any mother-to-be.