The 20-week ultrasound is also known as the anatomy scan. In Dutch the abbreviation for the scan is SEO. The purpose of the scan is purely medical and thus should not be considered lightly or seen as an ultrasound we do for fun . The preferred gestational age to perform the anatomy scan is between 19 and 20 weeks pregnant. That is why it is also known as the 20-week ultrasound. During this scan an ultrasound specialist will look at all visible organs and structures of the baby, the growth of the baby and the amount of amniotic fluid. Big structural abnormalities or defects become visible with this scan. When abnormalities or defects are seen, you will be referred to the gynaecologist for further research. It is important to keep in mind that a good result for the anatomy scan does not fully guarantee that the baby will be healthy once it is born. Luckily very few abnormalities are found within the group of low-risk pregnancies.
Ultrasound scans during pregnancy are definitely not obligated. A lot of parents opt for ultrasound scans in pregnancy, however not all parents choose the extensive ultrasound with 20 weeks.
The anatomy scan is covered by all health insurance companies.
The anatomy scan will take place at Verloskunde Centrum Oost Echopunt (VCO), located on Tweede Oosterparkstraat 274-M.
You can make the appointment for the anatomy scan by calling VCO.