Nuchal dating scan
Ultrasound imaging in pregnancy is widely used to evaluate the baby.It can determine if a baby is present, the position of the fetus and if there is a multiple pregnancy.Throughout your pregnancy, you will be offered a number of screening tests to check on the health of you and your baby.It is your choice whether you want to have the tests and your community midwife will be able to answer any questions and concerns you have before you make a decision.For all Obstetrics scans, no special preparation is needed, although it is best to wear loose clothing that can easily be lifted or removed in order to expose your abdomen.You will lie on your back on an examination couch and the transducer moved back and forth across your stomach in order to gain the best possible image of the fetus.This scan allows accurate assessment of your baby’s age and due date.Accurate dating is necessary to ensure the Nuchal Translucency (NT) scan is done at the correct time, and acts as a reference point for assessment of your baby’s growth for later ultrasound scans.
This is combined with a blood test which estimates the risk of your baby having Down's syndrome.
When you book online, depending on your chosen location you may be contacted to arrange the most convenient way for you to have this done close by.
Your blood test results, nuchal thickness measurement and other maternal information are combined to determine your individual risk factor with 90-95% accuracy.
Individual circumstances may dictate that more scans may be offered and a breakdown of what you could receive is detailed below.
Early viability scan This usually takes place at 6 to 10 weeks of pregnancy.It can also help to diagnose abnormalities or problems, help determine the age of the pregnancy and subsequent due date as well as showing the position of the placenta in relation to the birth canal.