One of the main purposes of the Nuchal Translucency Scan is to assess the risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome. The size of the nuchal fold at the back of the neck can be a good indication of this risk when it is measured during ultrasounds taken between 11 and 14 weeks. However, the scan cannot diagnose a chromosomal abnormality. It can only tell us if there is a higher than normal chance of one.
When you have a Nuchal Translucency Scan, the doctor or sonographer will measure the width of the nuchal fold, a fluid-filled area at the back of the baby’s neck. The size of the nuchal fold usually falls within a certain range that depends on the size and age of the baby. If the measurement is outside this range then it indicates a higher than usual chance of certain chromosomal abnormalities. However, the test isn’t perfect:
Although the Nuchal Translucency Scan can’t be used to diagnose a chromosomal abnormality, it is a very useful screening test during pregnancy. The results can help to guide your decisions about further tests. For example, if the scan suggests that there is a higher probability of an abnormality, you may want to have non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to learn more. You will be able to discuss the results of the Nuchal Translucency Scan and other screening tests with your doctor to ensure that you understand what they mean for you and your baby.
We had received possible worrying news from our NHS anomaly scan, without much information provided or confirmation. I am so pleased that we came to The Birth Company for reassurance, as we are now extremely happy that everything is fine. Shahrzad was fantastic and went through the whole anomaly scan thoroughly, explaining everything and looking in detail at each area. Nothing was rushed and she took her time to make sure baby was in the correct position to get the best results. We can’t thank her and Dr Gibb enough for the confidence they have given us. Would highly recommend The Birth Company for all scans.
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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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' Professional and friendly 'Lyndsey Dilla
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!