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Pregnant Mothers: Scans

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is her policy that pregnant mothers should have a scan at 12 weeks. (116851)

Guidance on the timings of ultrasound scans is contained in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) clinical guidelines on antenatal care, which were issued in October 2003. The guidelines recommend that pregnant women should be offered an early ultrasound scan to determine gestational age and detect multiple pregnancies. Ideally, such scans should be performed between 10 and 13 weeks.