Anomaly scan


Anomaly scan

Why an anomaly scan?

Fortunately, the vast majority of children are born healthy. Anomalies are rare and can not always be seen on an ultrasound scan. But some anomalies can be seen and the best time to look for them is between 19 and 20 weeks at the anomaly scan, sometimes also called anatomy scan or 20 week scan.


What is the anomaly scan exactly?

At 19 to 20 weeks the baby has grown big enough to evaluate the organs and structures and to search for anomalies with an ultrasound scan. We will look at the brain, skull, face, spine, heart, stomach, intestines, kidneys, bladder and limbs of the child. Furthermore the size of your child will be measured, the location of the placenta assessed and the amount of amniotic fluid checked.


The result

The results of the scan will be discussed with you immediately. In the case that an anomaly has been found or that there are doubts about the scan we will contact your midwife. She will discuss further policy and actions with you.


To do the anomaly scan or not

The 20 week scan is meant for those women who do not have a higher risk for a child with an anomaly. The women who do have such an increased risk due to, for example, a birthdefect that runs in the family are advised to have a specialised version of this ultrasound scan in the hospital (GUO1).

With an the anomaly scan a big proportion of all anomalies can be detected. A lot of parents hope this ultrasound will give them the relief that their baby looks normal and healthy. Mostly this will be the case, the scan will be fun and most children are born healthy. But even when everything looks normal we can never garantee that your child is totally healthy. There remain a lot of things that can not be seen on an ultrasound.

In the event that an anomaly is seen and later confirmed this will put parents in a difficult situation. Depending on the seriousness of what has been found a choice has to be made about continuing the pregnancy and preparing for a child with a certain defect. The other option with very serious anomalies can be to terminate the pregnancy. These are never easy considerations and choices. The question is whether you want to know ahead of time or not. It is good to try to prepare yourself for the possible outcome of the anomaly scan by thinking through what would be best for you. Most parents who end up in the position of deciding about the future of their pregnancy and their child find this a very tasking experience, both fysically and mentaly.

The anomaly scan takes around 40 minutes. In our experience this is a long time for (small) children, they tend to get bored in the dark scanroom. We therefore can not allow any children present during a medical scan.


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Beste cliënt,

In verband met het niet kunnen handhaven van de 1,5 meter tijdens het maken van een echo willen wij jullie verzoeken om een mondkapje mee te nemen naar de echo.

Voor medische echo's geldt: naast de zwangere mag er maximaal 1 persoon meekomen naar de echo. Neem dus geen kinderen mee!

Voor de pret-echo's geldt: er mogen er 1 volwassene en maximaal 2 kinderen mee komen naar de echo.

Wij vragen jullie om niet te vroeg te komen zodat er niet teveel mensen tegelijk in de wachtkamer zitten.

Bij klachten als hoesten, niezen, koorts en neusverkoudheid vragen wij je om je afspraak telefonisch te verzetten. Een partner met klachten mag niet mee naar binnen.

Alvast bedankt voor jullie medewerking.
met vriendelijke groet,
medewerkers van Echo Amsterdam

Dear cliënt,

Due to the inability to maintain the 1.5 meters range while making an ultrasound, we want to ask you to bring a  facemask to the ultrasound.

For medical cans: you are allowed to bring maximum one extra person besides yourself to your scan. You are not allowed to bring your children.

For scans upon request: one adult and a maximum of 2 children can come to the ultrasound.

Please don't arrive too early to prevent too many people in the waiting room at the same time.
When you or your partner are coughing, sneezing or having a fever, we ask you to reschedule your appointment by telephone.

Thanks for your coöperation,
best regards,
the team of Echo Amsterdam