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At Echo Zuid, you can have an ultrasound taken during or prior to your pregnancy. If you are trying for a baby or have started fertility treatment outside of the Netherlands, we can still take an ultrasound. 

Attention to you and your baby

It is important to have medical ultrasounds taken at various stages of your pregnancy. Most medical ultrasounds are refunded by your insurer. There are exceptions, however. View the prices 

Early scan

By an early scan, we mean a viability scan. This is an ultrasound for determining whether the pregnancy is intact, whether the embryo has a heartbeat at that time and whether the embryo is growing in the womb. We also assess whether the womb and ovaries appear normal.

This ultrasound is not designed to determine when the baby is due, but to confirm your pregnancy and to provide reassurance for you and your partner if you previously had a miscarriage or had been bleeding, for example.

This ultrasound can take place from 6 weeks, but it is best to wait until 7 and a half weeks, when the umbilical cord can also be seen, providing greater certainty about the viability of the pregnancy.

An ultrasound performed at under 9 weeks is always carried out vaginally using a special probe that’s inserted into the vagina to get as close to the womb as possible. This improves image quality tremendously! Once the ultrasound has been completed, you will be given a photo to take home with you.

The costs of this ultrasound won’t be covered by your insurance. Please pay the fee (€43.58) once the ultrasound has been completed.

Periodic scan

To determine the exact term of your pregnancy, an ultrasound is taken early on and the embryo is measured from head to tail bone. The measurements are taken a number of times in order to exclude measuring errors as much as possible. The average of these measurements corresponds to a particular pregnancy term in weeks, so we can determine your exact due date. The periodic scan helps us determine the due date much more accurately than calculating from the first day of the woman’s last menstruation.

The best period for determining the due date is between weeks 10 and 11 of the pregnancy.

In principle, the periodic scan is carried out externally. We kindly request that you arrive for your ultrasound with a full bladder. The full bladder pushes the womb up slightly, making it easier to see externally. In the event that the external ultrasound fails to provide a clear image, we usually suggest continuing the ultrasound internally.

The periodic scan is included in the basic national healthcare package, so your health insurer will reimburse the cost in full. 

Combined test/nuchal fold measurement

The combined test is an individual test for determining the risk of having a child with Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards’ syndrome (trisomy 18) or Patau syndrome (trisomy 13). This test is voluntary, which means that it is not compulsory during your pregnancy. The test consists of a combination of 2 parts:

1.    A blood test from 9 weeks
2.    An ultrasound test (nuchal fold measurement) from 12 weeks

If you require further information about this test, please see the RIVM’s information website

For the combined test, you must have already had a periodic scan, which is carried out when the embryo is 55-60 mm in size. The nuchal fold measurement is then taken between 11 weeks and 5 days and 13 weeks and 4-5 days.

You will receive a personal phone call communicating the results of the combined test at all times. Your obstetrician will receive the results too. If the results indicate an increased risk, we will discuss follow-up examination options with you, such as the NIPT test

Should it be necessary, the follow-up examination can in close consultation with the VU medical centre be carried out quickly.

The costs of the combined test (nuchal fold measurement and blood test) are no longer covered in the basic national healthcare package – even for pregnant women aged 36 years and above. The costs of the combined test are €160.39. This amount is to be paid once the ultrasound has been taken. 

The SEO 20-week scan

An SEO (Structureel Echoscopisch Onderzoek - Structural Sonographic Examination) 20-week scan is intended to discover any visible physical abnormalities in an unborn child. This ultrasound screens the visible structures, such as the skeleton, organs, placenta and amniotic fluid. The sex of your child is now clearly visible too. If you (and your partner) would like to know the sex, we will of course be able to show you.

This sonographic examination is carried out in around the 20th week of pregnancy, and once it’s been done, you will always be given the result on paper straight away. The baby will be around 20 cm long on average.

Please read the information about the 20-week scan at all times before attending your appointment. You must give us your consent by signing an informed consent form. The practice will request this by e-mail before you have the ultrasound taken. This is the most important ultrasound of your pregnancy, which is why the cost will be covered by your insurer. Most cases of spina bifida occur in the tail bone. The 20-week scan is the time when this can be discovered in children.

The 20-week scan is included in the basic national healthcare package, so your health insurer will reimburse the cost in full. Don’t forget to bring your insurance card and your pregnancy card with you!

Growth at 30 weeks

After 30 to 32 weeks, the child’s measurements are taken again, which makes it possible to easily compare the child’s growth. The child’s head, abdomen and femur are measured and the volume of amniotic fluid is observed. As such, growth retardation, for example, can be detected early on.

This ultrasound is carried out upon referral by the obstetrician.

The cost of the growth scan is usually no longer covered as standard. The cost to you is €36.32, unless you are referred by an obstetrician.

Ultrasound of position at 36 weeks

During the last month of your pregnancy, the position ultrasound is carried out to see whether the child’s head is down. This ultrasound is usually carried out at around 36 weeks. If your baby is in the breech position baby, this is the time to carry out an external cephalic version.

This ultrasound is carried out upon referral by the obstetrician and the cost of the scan will be covered by your insurer.

Gynaecological scan

At our practice, it is also possible to have several gynaecological scans taken for:

  • measuring follicles
  • suspected myomas, ovarian cyst of an enlarged ovary
  • measuring the thickness of the endometrium
  • checking the coil after fitting

If you are trying to conceive or have undergone fertility treatment outside of the Netherlands, it is still possible to have a gynaecological scan taken at our practice. 

The ultrasounds are carried out by an experienced gynaecologist or licensed sonographer. You will receive a written report of the results, which you can discuss with the doctor treating you.

It costs €50 to take a gynaecological scan, which is not usually reimbursed.


  • early scan €43.58
  • periodic scan: €43.77
  • combined test: €167.87
  • 2nd combined test of twin or “separate” nuchal fold measurement €97.13 (part is paid by the VU medical centre laboratory)
  • SEO 20-week scan: €164.92
  • 30-week scan (growth): €36.32
  • specific scan: €36.48 (position, blood loss, placenta location, growth, version)
  • gynaecological scan: €50.00


If possible, the scan is declared with the insurer straight away. If not, you can pay for the scan once your appointment is over. It is possible to pay by debit.

The cost of the combined test isn’t covered in the basic national healthcare package as standard, other than on official medical grounds. If you have taken out additional insurance, the cost of the combined test may well be refunded, in which case you will be given an invoice to submit to your insurance company yourself.

Don’t forget to bring it with you
Please remember to bring your insurance card or policy document with you at all times. If you have been referred by an obstetrician, please bring this pregnancy referral with you too.

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