Pregnancy Ultrasound including Nuchal Translucency Scans
A nuchal translucency scan is part of the ultrasound scan that most pregnant women have at around 12 weeks of pregnancy. This scan, this will measure the size of the nuchal fold at the back of your baby’s neck.
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Pregnancy Ultrasound including Nuchal Translucency Scans Information
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is a Nuchal Translucency scan?
Nuchal Translucency is the name for the fluid behind the neck of a foetus. A Nuchal Translucency scan uses ultrasound to measure the amount the risk of your baby having a chromosomal abnormality, most commonly Down syndrome.
What is the blood test?
Your referring doctor should give you a referral to have a blood test to measure free beta-HCG and PAPP-A. This should be done at least a week before your scan. To avoid delays in the reporting of your scan please bring the results of your blood test with you on the day.
What are the risks of a Nuchal Translucency scan?
There is no known risks to this scan. It is a technique which uses sound waves to obtain pictures and there is no radiation involved.
How do I prepare for a Nuchal Translucency scan?
You will need to drink 1 litre of water beginning 1.5 hours prior to your appointment, finishing within 30 minutes. Do not empty your bladder.
What does the Nuchal Translucency scan involve?
You will be scheduled for an ultrasound between 11 weeks and 3 days to 13 weeks and 6 days into pregnancy. The procedure will take between 30-60 minutes depending on the position of the baby. During this time the Nuchal Translucency is measured. This measurement, along with factors such as the mothers’ age, weight, and blood test results, are combined to give a risk assessment.
When can I expect the results of my Nuchal Translucency scan?
We send a report to your referring Doctor within 24 – 48 hours. Please make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss these results.