Aquascan / Saline Scan
Early pregnancy ultrasound scan from 6 to 16 weeks.
What is an Aquascan?
An Aquascan is a simple ultrasound procedure used to visualise the endometrial cavity (the inside part of the uterus) and the endometrium (the lining of the endometrial cavity).
What is an Aquascan?
This type of scan is used to:
Assess for abnormalities within the endometrium, such as a polyp. You may have a pelvic ultrasound that suggests the endometrium is thicker than normal or has a different appearance. The Aquascan will help confirm or exclude the presence of an endometrial polyp or submucous fibroid.
Assessing the shape of the endometrial cavity. The Aquascan assesses the contour of the endometrial cavity, detecting conditions such as a uterine septum or bicornuate uterus (these are types of congenital uterine anomalies). This information may be helpful when investigating problems such as recurrent miscarriages or infertility.
How do I Prepare for an Aquascan?
It is important that you are not pregnant when you have this test, as the procedure can disturb the implantation of the embryo. If there is a possibility that you are pregnant, the procedure will need to be postponed until your next menstrual cycle.
The best time to perform an Aquascan is just after your period has finished, approximately day 7 to day 10 of a regular 28-day (monthly) menstrual cycle (the first day of your period is counted as day 1).
If your menstrual cycle is shorter than 28 days (for example, you usually only have 21 days between periods), you will need to have the test earlier in the cycle.
If your menstrual cycle is longer than 28 days, but still regular (for example, you usually have 35 days between periods), you may be able to have the test later in the cycle if that is more convenient.
If your periods are infrequent or irregular, please discuss the optimal time for this test with your clinician.
Will I need Pain Relief?
The level of pain experienced is usually minimal, with most women experiencing either no pain or only mild cramping period-type discomfort during the test.
We suggest that you take 2 Paracetamol tablets 30 minutes before the procedure, to minimise your discomfort. No anaesthetic is required for this procedure.
Do I need a full bladder for this test?
You do not need a full bladder for this test. We will ask you to completely empty your bladder before the test begins.
You can eat and drink normally before and after the test.
How Is an Aquascan Perfromed?
The first part of the Aquascan is like the first part of a cervical smear, with a vaginal speculum gently inserted into the vagina to visualise the cervix. The cervix is then cleansed with antiseptic solution, to decrease the risk of infection. A thin flexible catheter is inserted through the opening of the cervix, so that the catheter lies within the endometrial cavity. Inserting this intrauterine catheter may cause mild discomfort. The vaginal speculum is then removed, with the catheter remaining inside. Next, the transvaginal ultrasound (internal scan through the vagina) is used to image the uterus.
A small amount of sterile saline (approximately 10ml) is introduced into the endometrial cavity through the catheter. The saline distends the endometrial cavity, allowing better assessment of the contour and shape of the endometrium.
The transvaginal ultrasound and catheter are removed at the end of the test.
What are the risks of an Aquascan?
An Aquascan is a safe and well-tolerated procedure for the assessment of the endometrial cavity.
Infection of the uterus/pelvis is not common following this procedure, but it may rarely occur. We recommend taking a two day course of antibiotics following this procedure.
You should contact either your referring doctor or Cherish-UK immediately if you have the following symptoms:
· Persistent or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
· Increasing lower abdominal pain
· Unexplained fever
· Generally unwell
· Such symptoms may indicate an infection.
If you have a history of pelvic infection please inform Cherish-UK at the time of booking, as longer course of antibiotics may be required.
What should I do after the procedure?
You should wear a sanitary pad after the procedure. There may be some persistent vaginal discharge for a few hours, as the fluid used in the test will leak out the vagina. This discharge is sometimes blood stained so do not be alarmed if this occurs.
What should I do after the procedure?
Most women do not find the test too uncomfortable. Some women experience mild cramping period-type pain during the test, but this usually subsides once the test is completed. You should be able to drive and resume normal daily activities after the test.
You can eat and drink normally after the procedure.
During your scan we will explain the findings to you and following your scan we will give you your images and email the report to you. We will email the report to your chosen clinic and if requested we will email your images to your clinic.
Monday - Saturday: £400.00 | Not available on a Sunday.
What Our Clients Say
"I've met Jacqui here at Cherish on 3 occasions now, Jacqui gives you high standards of service, you automatically feel relaxed when you met her & is very clear with all she talks through with you, I will always return back here for all pregnancies, and most definitely highly recommend there friendly, professional service."
I cannot fault the service we received today. As soon as I arrived Diana made me feel at ease. Having being very worried this was very welcome. The scan was very detailed, I listened to the heartbeat and I came away with lots of photos and reassurance that at 10 weeks pregnant everything is as it should be. I would definitely use Cherish again for a scan in the future. Thank you!
I've had first came to Cherish when I couldn't get seen at my local EPU and Jacqui was so reassuring and supportive at such a vulnerable time. I've since returned for scans and an endometrial scratch in preparation for IVF cycles. Jacqui, Diana and Rachel offer a first class service and you never have a problem fitting me in for appointments at late notice. I wouldn't go anywhere else after experiencing your excellent care and service and you've all been so helpful and reassuring every time I visit. I hope that someday I'll be returning to have my pregnancy scans with you. Thanks ladies and I'll always recommend you to others.
Absolute amazing. Appointment same day I called, images and report within hours of appointment. Thank you so much
I visited Cherish via a referral from my private GP and I can only say good things about my experience. To say I was nervous beforehand is putting in lightly but from Rachel who made the appointment to Jacqui who conducted the scan, I was made to feel ease and not embarrassed. Which for me was hugely important as a previous scan with a private hospital was not handled so sympathetically or professionally.Each step of the scan was explained and the whole experience was made as painless as possible. The results emailed to me the same day, impeccable service, Thank you, Sam.
The ladies at Cherish are fantastic and so supportive. They do a brilliant and professional job and are also willing to do all they can to help you stay sane through what can be anxious times. Have been back numerous times for various reasons including scans, blood tests, administering medication and prescription requests, and will continue to go back despite the distance from my home. Thank you ladies
I have used Cherish for a number of services during my IVF cycles and have always found them to be extremely friendly and professional during what can be a stressful time. The services they offer have been invaluable to me whilst having IVF treatment abroad.
Excellent prompt service. Felt very relaxed and reassured.
I was experiencing some pain and very heavy cycles and I was quite worried. I have visited Cherish a few times and I must say that the service is outstanding. I had a gynaecology scan and I was reassured that everything was ok. Definitely recommend Cherish to everyone !
Had a really good experience today. Felt comfortable and made sure I was comfortable at all times. Gave really good advice on next step as well as reassuring me everything would be ok. I would recommend Cherish to anyone. Thank you for all you help xx
I had a gynaecology scan with Jacqui following a miscarriage 12 weeks ago. The hospital had unfortunately left me with many unanswered questions as to my ongoing bleeding and an abnormality found on a scan with no follow up arranged. Jacqui was great with us and we feel a lot more reassured. It was definitely worth it for the peace of mind. Thank you!
I had a most amazing experience seeing my baby at 7 weeks 3 days for the reassurance scan. Jacqui made sure everything was ok whilst doing the scan and was happy for me and husband to. I was then shown how a baby grows in each week. It was truly an amazing experience. Even managed to capture a video of the heartbeat. Would definitely recommend and would definitely come back for a gender scan.
Absolutely fabulous service when my husband and I had our reassurance scan. Diana was so lovely and made me feel really comfortable and at ease! Have already booked in for my next scan! Brilliant!
I had a Harmony test and a scan, as according to NHS test results, there was a higher risk of Down Syndrome. We were really anxious and wanted to be sure that our baby is fine. I was a lot calmer after the scan. Diana was wonderful, she answered all my questions, checked everything, let me listen to baby's heartbeat and even gave me lots of pictures. The results came very quickly (low risk), so I can enjoy my pregnancy without stress. I really recommend Cherish and this test, it's worth every money to know that your baby is fine!
We visited Cherish for the Harmony Test after having a previous Edward's syndrome baby. Diana was very kind and understanding of our anxieties. She was patient with us and explained everything in detail. Results were emailed back to us after a week as promised. Facilities were clean and quiet. We would highly recommend.
It's been a year since our little boy arrived into the world, and we could not have embarked upon the journey of IUI and, later IVF, without the support of Jackie and Diana from Cherish. From the tests needed for the clinic in Denmark, to follicle tracking scans, they met all of our treatment needs and did so in the warmest way, always making us relaxed and comfortable. No last minute appointment (needed before flights could be booked or medication could be taken) was ever too much trouble. We could think of no better place to find out our baby was healthy with an early scan or that we were expecting a boy at 16 weeks. This review is long overdue, but we wish to thank you ladies for helping to make our dreams come true. We wish you every success with Cherish - the women of the midlands rely on you and your incredible service! Katy and Fay
What a wonderful service, very friendly Jackie provided us more details about mine pregnancy then I found from my previous 4 NHS scans. Plus Diana delivered to us Panorama test results which made us the most happy future parents.
With a scary start of pregnancy I did not know what to expect at the scan. Even when I walked in i found it calming and a nice atmosphere to be in. Jacqui greeted me and is so so lovely. She put me at ease and scan went perfectly! All my worries went away. I would recommend this company to anyone, you do a brilliant job. Thank you so much.!
I had such great care from Cherish at two separate scans. I needed a scan to check lining for embryo transfer and I was fitted in at short notice and given lots of information. I was so impressed and if the transfer is successful I will be using Cherish for an early scan.