A nuchal scan, or nuchal translucency (NT) scan, is often used as a screening test mainly for Down’s syndrome, as well as Edward’s and Patau’s syndromes and a number of major foetal abnormalities.
The risk of Down’s syndrome and certain other abnormalities increases with the mother’s age.
Our medical team holds the licence from Foetal Medicine Foundation, authority on NT Screening, for 12 week Nuchal scan.
Nuchal translucency is a collection of fluid under the skin at the back of your baby’s neck. It is measured using ultrasound in order to evaluate risk of a Down’s syndrome. All babies have some fluid at the back of their neck, but those with Down’s syndrome will have an increased amount.
The combination of NT scan and maternal serum free β-hCG and PAPP-A improves the detection to 90%. There is now evidence that the detection rate can increase to about 95% and the false positive rate can be reduced to 3% by also examining the nasal bone, ductus venosus flow and tricuspid flow.
Yes, an ultrasound specialist Doctor will be available to talk to if you have additional questions or concerns.
An specialist Consultant will be available to talk you through the report in an online Zoom one-on-one consultation, as well as to answer additional questions or concerns. Tests including the Harmony Test of invasive tests such as CVS or Amniocentesis can also be explained at depth.
We strongly recommend recording the online consultation for your perusal.
We will ask you to show the report to your own Doctor or midwife. We can also provide details of the highly regarded Obstetricians and Foetal Medicine specialists we have been working with for many years, should you need any further advice and care.
Please arrive for the scan with full bladder or drink 4 glasses of water 1 hour before your appointment.
We introduced an easy and user friendly online booking system for your convenience.
We understand the pressures of our fast-lane lifestyles nowadays and strive to meet your busy schedule by offering a fast-track, same day appointments during weekdays and Saturdays, as well as 2 evening clinics on alternate days each week.