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

Early Pregnancy Scans

2D Abdominal Ultrasound 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 first pregnancy scan in hospital and the reassurance that everything is fine with their baby. With our private early pregnancy 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.

What can I see at an Early Pregnancy Scan?

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 your baby’s size. The due date is estimated based on your baby’s measurements and the dates of your last menstrual period.

When can I have an Early Pregnancy Scan?

We perform our Early Pregnancy Scan between 8 and 14 weeks. The earlier this pregnancy scan is done, the more accurate it is at estimating your baby’s due date. Due Date Estimations made during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are generally within 3 – 5 days of accuracy. 

When is the best time to have an Early Pregnancy Scan?

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.

What can I expect at an Early Pregnancy Scan?

When you arrive at UltraScan you will be greeted by our receptionists. Your temperature will be taken contact-free at the temperature station at reception. Our receptionist will give you a short form to fill out to collect some basic information like your name, contact details and date of birth. Once this is complete, your sonographer will call you into the scan room to begin your ultrasound scan. 

Should I have a full bladder for an Early Pregnancy Scan?

It’s helpful to have a moderately full bladder for an Early Pregnancy Scan. However, keep in mind that the sonographer will need to press your abdomen with the ultrasound transducer, which could be uncomfortable with a very full bladder. 

Can I see if I'm having twins at an Early Pregnancy Scan?

Yes, we will be able to see if you are expecting twins (or triplets, or more!) during your Early Pregnancy Scan. During the scan, we can see how many fetuses you’re carrying, as well as how many placentas and gestational sacs there are.

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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 Scan with UltraScan 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.

Clients should try arrive 5 minutes before appointments to fill out forms. We are extremely busy and unfortunately if someone misses their allotted time we will not be able to see them and you will have to rebook a new appointment.

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 adult guest with you.

We cannot allow children to attend scans currently, due to COVID-19 safety measures. 

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.