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.
What happens at the viability scan?
Dating your pregnancy at this early stage will help you better organise your scans and your ongoing pregnancy care. The Viability Scan performed includes ultrasound scan, report and a collection of 2D black and white prints.
At what week is a fetus viable?
In general, infants that are born very early are not considered to be viable until after 24 weeks gestation. This means that if you give birth to an infant before they are 24 weeks old, their chance of surviving is usually less than 50 percent.
What is the point of viability for a fetus?
In the United States viability presently occurs at approximately 24 weeks of gestational age (Chervenak, L.B. McCullough; Textbook of Perinatal Medicine, 1998).
Are babies fully developed at 24 weeks?
Not quite yet. While baby looks like a newborn already, a 24-week fetus still has a good amount of fat to gain, and their little lungs arent fully developed yet. Baby is growing taste buds and has fingerprints and footprints already (!), but their brain is still developing and growing.