Our approach is always to put health and wellbeing first, which of course can only be achieved by following all the guidance set out by BMSU, and The CQC – click the titles to open their website’s in new tabs.
Our Sonographers are all specially trained and fully qualified health care professionals, who are state registered with the Health Care Professions Council. They are bound by professional codes of practice and conduct. All are qualified in ultrasound to Masters Level and hold the recognised national qualifications to ensure that they are competent to practice. They all have many years of experience.
The Original Window to the Womb is registered with the Care Quality Commission.
Safe in our hands
4D HD-Live scanning use the same ultrasound technology that hospitals use during normal 2D diagnostic scans, the technology simply includes more advanced imaging software, which creates the 3D/4D imaging.
This technology has been used for many years, and there is no current evidence of any biological risk to mother or baby associated with obstetric ultrasound scans. (Obstetric ultrasound, biological effects and safety (no 160, June 2005) SOGC clinical practice guidelines from JOGC) Worth reading this article by David Liu, head of the foetal care unit at Nottingham City Hospital.
We take the safety of you and your baby very seriously and see no need to take any unnecessary risks. We have adopted the ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Possible) principle, which means that we have our equipment preset to the lowest possible settings, whilst imposing a maximum amount of time we will expose your baby to the ultrasound. Therefore, even our longest scans will not last for more than 15 minutes, to comply with these guidelines.
We also follow BMUS (British Medical Ultrasound Society) guidelines for the safe use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment and we regularly update our ultrasound scans based on BMSU guidance.
For added peace-of-mind, we only use the most advanced, modern Voluson ultrasound machine available, which is regularly serviced.
If you have any doubts, please feel free to ask advice from your own doctor or midwife before visiting.
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