Most scans are performed by a sonographer, who is the healthcare professional trained to use the ultrasound equipment, to take measurements of your baby and to check for major anomalies.
The echoes are turned into an image on a screen, so your sonographer can see your baby’s position and movements.
Your midwife or GP will only recommend an early scan if there's a concern, for example, if you've had bleeding in this pregnancy.
Your GP may also refer you for a scan if you've had a previous miscarriage.
Your sonographer will gently put a narrow device called a transducer inside your vagina. The transducer will be covered with a plastic or latex sheath and will be well lubricated with gel. If you feel a bit apprehensive about a vaginal scan, you may feel less worried if you: EPAUs will try to find a female sonographer if you request one.
Nonetheless, male sonographers will always have a female chaperone working with them.