The nuchal scan is an important part of your antenatal care. In addition to checking on your baby’s growth and development, the sonographer will also perform the nuchal translucency test to screen for certain chromosomal abnormalities. The results can tell you whether your baby is at higher than normal risk of conditions such as Down’s syndrome. Although the ultrasound can usually be performed without any problems there are a few important factors that can influence the scan.
Nuchal scans can only be performed between 11 weeks and 14 weeks. The nuchal fold measurements can only be taken and used to predict the risk of chromosomal abnormalities during this stage of development. You must book your ultrasound appointment within this time period to have the nuchal translucency test, although other checks such as measuring the baby’s growth can be performed in earlier or later scans.
Pregnancy ultrasounds can usually be performed as abdominal scans. However, it can sometimes be difficult to get the pictures that are needed to check on your baby’s health. Several factors can influence how easy it is to perform the nuchal scan:
If it isn’t possible to take the nuchal fold measurement, the sonographer may suggest trying an internal ultrasound instead. Internal or trans-vaginal scans use a specially designed ultrasound probe that is inserted into the vagina. It may be possible to get a clear enough picture this way to perform the screening test if the abdominal scan hasn’t worked.
As long as the measurement can be taken with one of these ultrasound techniques, the screening test can be performed. The doctor will then be available to discuss the results with you if any potential issues have been detected.
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The sonographer was ready as soon as I arrived, and she was extremely calming, personable and professional. The scan and blood test where efficient without feeling rushed and all very easy. These appointments can feel uneasy and make you feel anxious but I felt reassured and in professional hands the whole time
I saw Kate throughout my first pregnancy and am now doing so again with my second. She is absolutely amazing, she explains everything really clearly, and has answered all sorts of bizarre questions and worries I have had. On top of being clinically excellent she is also just the loveliest person and always a pleasure to see.Sarah Elliott
We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
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When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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