The test should not take more than 30 minutes. Sometimes, however, if your uterus is not visible, or its too early in the pregnancy for an abdominal ultrasound to detect the fetus, then your doctor might recommend a vaginal test.
What can I expect at a viability scan?
This is a simple procedure, in which a thin ultrasound probe with a sterile cover is gently inserted into the vagina to provide detailed pictures of the inside of the uterus. Occasionally a Fetal Viability Scan may be inconclusive, especially if the gestational age is less than 6 weeks.
How long is a viability scan?
How long will a scan take? A scan usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes. However, the sonographer may not be able to get good views if your baby is lying in an awkward position or moving around a lot.
How do I get a viability scan?
The scan can usually be done by placing the scanning probe on your abdomen (transabdominally). But if you are very early or if your womb tilts backwards, it may be necessary to scan internally, using the transvaginal probe.