Nuchal Translucency Scan
(11.2-13.6 weeks) €260
The most accurate way of estimating the risk of a fetus having Down Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities is carried out from 11.2 to 13.6 weeks and depends on the age of the mother, amount of fluid behind the neck of the fetus, presence or absence of the fetal nasal bone, presence or absence of any physical abnormalities and the level of two hormones (b-hCG and PAPP-A) in the Mother's blood. The nuchal translucency pregnancy scan is a first trimester combined screening test to include a blood test and an pregnancy ultrasound scan. This is not a diagnosis but can identify with 90% accuracy those with Down Syndrome.
The fluid at the back of the foetal neck can give information that may raise the suspicion of a problem. The measurement of this fluid is taken at a very specific time in the pregnancy between 11.2 and 13.6 weeks gestation.
Nuchal Translucency (NT) is only a screening and is most effective when taken in combination with:
• Maternal age
• Maternal blood sample
• Ultrasound at 11.2 - 13.6 weeks
• An accurate measurement of the nuchal translucency
This method of screening increases the detection rate of Down's syndrome and other major chromosomal abnormalities with an accuracy of 95%. Sonoraphers and doctors need special training and high resolution ultrasound equipment to perform it correctly. They must be certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in London UK, the organization that provides the international standards and software that enable us to evaluate your baby's risk.
For this first trimester screening to include blood work, NT measurement and detailed ultrasound contact us for further details.
*Blood is not taken on site - please call or email for details.
• First Trimester Combined Screening Risk Results
• Ultrasound exam
• Medical obstetric ultrasound report
• Glossy picture print
• CD with pictures
• Video clips on a CD will also be included if possible
*Medical Cards (GMS) are accepted for all medical ultrasounds. A reduced rate is applied for all scans.
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