The Nuchal Translucency scan is part of the first trimester screening test for Down’s Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities, now recommended by the National Screening Committee (www.screening.nhs.uk). A nuchal translucency scan is performed at 11+3 to 14+1 weeks gestation and measures the fluid at the back of the neck which is then used in combination with a blood sample to estimate the risk to your baby of having a chromosomal abnormality such as Downs Syndrome. The blood sample can be taken in advance so that your results will be available at the time of your scan allowing time to discuss the results of the test immediately afterwards. If you are unable to have blood taken in advance, we will do this at the time of your ultrasound appointment and the results will be available 2-3 days later.
Please note if we are unable to confirm a fetal heartbeat at the time of your scan, there will be a charge of £100 to cover the cost of the blood test and ultrasound examination.
Cheshire Womens Health provides this scan at 11+3 – 14+1 weeks gestation.