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A cervical length scan may be recommended during pregnancy as it checks whether your cervix is prepared for the birth of your baby. Through most of your pregnancy, your cervix is closed and will only start to open once your body is ready to give birth.

A cervical length scan analyses how long the cervix is and if it is longer than the usual >25mm. It will also check the dilation of the cervix and the location of the cervical suture (if present).

What does the cervical length scan include?

Our cervical length ultrasound includes:
Detailed report and images
May involve a transvaginal/internal scan
30 minute appointment

What is the purpose of a cervical length ultrasound?

If you have a cervical length scan and it is found that your cervix is opening too early, you may be able to get a cervical stitch (also known as a cervical cerclage). A cervical stitch will help stop the cervix from opening any further and can be taken out before your due date.

A cervical length ultrasound is usually recommended if your waters have broken too early in the past, your cervix is damaged from a previous birth or you have a history of three or more late miscarriages.

Book now or email info@ultrasoundplus.co.uk for more information about this scan.

Cervical Length Ultrasound FAQs

Can I eat and drink before my scan?

There are no restrictions that you cannot eat or drink before your cervical length ultrasound.

Who will perform the cervical length ultrasound?

All of our sonographers are qualified with diagnostic gynaecology ultrasound scanning experience and are accredited by either the Health Professional Council, The General Medical Council or Society of Radiographers and also work within the NHS alongside their role within Ultrasound Plus.

Does an internal scan always need to be performed?

No, each scan is dependent on each individual’s examination. However, an internal investigation can provide clearer views and will be discussed with you by the Sonographer before proceeding with the internal examination and obtain your consent.

What do I need to wear for the scan?

We advise that you wear something light, airy and baggy. Otherwise, you may need to change into a gown if necessary.

What do I need to bring to my cervical length ultrasound?

Please bring along your hospital notes (if you have been given them) and reports to assist out Sonographers if a referral is required.

Will you advise me of any abnormalities?

Please note, our scans do not replace any of your NHS scans. During your appointment, in any event of a medical referral being required, we will discuss this with you and provide a full report for you to forward on to your health practitioner.

Do I still need to visit the NHS if I had a scan with you?

Yes, our services are a complementary service, which works alongside the NHS.

What happens in terms of referrals?

We advise all of our customers to advise their GP/Healthcare provider know of their intention to have a scan with us. On arrival at Ultrasound Plus we will ask you to complete a registration form, where your GP/Healthcare provider details will be requested. If from the cervical length scan there shows a need to contact or share any information regarding your scan, you are responsible for providing the report to your GP/Healthcare provider.

I have medical insurance; can I claim for my scans?

We will provide you with an invoice after you pay Ultrasound Plus directly for your scan. This can be used to make a claim with your insurance company, but this is between you and the insurance company. We would advise you check this prior to your scan to avoid disappointment.

How many guests/children can come with me?

We are happy for family and friends to attend and we are able to accommodate up to 5 people with the patient. Children are welcome too.
Ultrasound Plus testimonials
"We have now had 3 scans at the Brentwood branch, and the staff are lovely! This has been our favourite private clinic.. the sonographer Teresa is lovely, she explains everything in so much detail and doesn’t rush through the scan! No doubt we will be back again before our baby comes."Hayley Kitt
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