Ultrasound scans


Ultrasound scans

A pregnancy ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to make an image of the developing baby as well as the mother’s reproductive organs. An ultrasound scan, also called a sonogram, can help monitor normal fetal development and screen for any potential problems.

Until 10 weeks of pregnancy an ultrasound scan is usually performed internally as it is easier to view the, still smaller, uterus that way. With an internal scan your bladder should be empty  for the best results. In case of bloodloss or when looking for the position of the placenta the scan will also be made internally. After the first 10 weeks of pregnancy the uterus is big enough to perform the ultrasound scan abdominally. Up till 20 weeks the scan will be easier to make abdominally when your bladder is full.

Reasons for a pregnancy ultrasound scan

  • check for intra-uterine pregnancy
  • check vitality of the pregnancy
  • determine the gestational age of the baby  (due date scan)
  • check for congenital abnormalities or birth defects (20 week scan)
  • check the baby’s position
  • check the amount of amniotic fluid
  • check the baby’s growth
  • check the position of the placenta

The due date scan and the 20 week scan are covered by your health insurance as is any other scan that your midwife deems medicaly necessary.

Sometimes an ultrasound scan can give a result that requires extra evaluation. In that case we will contact your midwife and she will refer you to a specialist for further examination. This does not always mean that something is wrong with your baby but it can cause some anxiety until a final answer is given. With the current equipment we can scan the baby thoroughly but there is never a garantee that your baby is healthy.

Who makes the scans?

At Echo Amsterdam the ultrasound scans are performed by highly qualified and experienced ultrasound practitioners to guarantee the highest quality of pregnancy ultrasound scans possible. It is possible that a trainee is present at your 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