This page has information about ultrasounds and pregnant women in the Northern Territory NT. It is recommended that you have an ultrasound at 18 to 20 weeks. You can also have one early in your pregnancy if you are wanting to have genetic testing done or to confirm dates. Your doctor or midwife will tell you if you need another ultrasound later in your pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife can organise and discuss all ultrasounds that are recommended in pregnancy. A nuchal translucency ultrasound between 11 and 13 weeks and up to six days can be used to check if your baby has abnormalities. If you wish to screen for Down syndrome and neural tube defects this scan can be used in conjunction with a blood test.
First trimester scans
This combined test is an extremely accurate non-invasive screening test available to help identify a fetus at risk for Down syndrome as well as other chromosomal abnormalities and some major structural abnormalities. The sensitivity of this only recently eclipsed by NIPT. An ultrasound screening test is non-invasive and does not have any side effects or complications. The only way to diagnose Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities is by having a diagnostic test — either a CVS or an amniocentesis — and testing the fetal cells.
These tests are invasive and require a needle to be passed into the maternal abdomen and uterus and therefore carry a small risk of miscarriage.
The NT scan can be combined with a blood test, known as the first trimester combined screening, to get a more accurate prediction. The blood test will measure.
We will also look at the placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord. Pregnant women are offered two routine ultrasound scans during pregnancy, this is called the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme. The other routine pregnancy scan offered by the NHS is around 20 weeks of pregnancy called the Anomaly scan. Parents to be will be given an individual chance of baby having a chromosomal condition present.
This is calculated by inputting certain maternal and fetal factors including They will be able to talk to you if you have additional questions, concerns or if you receive a high probability Nuchal Translucency Scan result. This scan is best performed by our Specialist Fetal Medicine Foundation accredited sonographers. Further Consultant advice available. We offer morning, afternoon and evening availability during the week, as well as weekend appointments.
A surcharge will be applied for evening and weekend appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore same day appointments can be easily arranged. Our Sonographers are here to reassure even at short notice. The Birth Company is the first clinic in UK to offer this service allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared via Email, Facebook and Twitter.
3.2 Nuchal Translucency Assessment
Section 3. If it is not possible to obtain the nuchal translucency NT measurement at the first appointment, at least one other attempt should be offered. This may be on the same day or at a later date.
Many international professional organisations suggest the 12 Week NT The scan, when combined with 1st trimester biochemical screening (bHCG, PAPP-A) has a The patient’s LNMP if known, and date of 1st positive pregnancy test;.
This examination has become extremely important in the early diagnosis of congenital anomalies and chromosomal disorders. Combined with 1st trimester biochemistry, it is the most sensitive, non-invasive risk assessment for aneuploidy currently available in Australia. The test should be preceded by appropriate counselling in all cases. All women are at risk of having an aneuploid fetus. Many international professional organisations suggest the 12 Week NT Assessment be offered to all pregnant women regardless of age due to the benefits of early aneuploid detection and reduction in unnecessary prenatal invasive testing.
A local Accreditation Board has been established in Australia since for the training, monitoring, auditing and supervision of this examination. The 12 week scan is also useful for early diagnosis of missed abortion, multiple pregnancies, major structural congenital anomalies, uterine fibroids and ovarian pathology that may influence the course of pregnancy. It also enables visualization of early fetal anatomy.
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We welcome your views on our website and invite you to take part in a brief survey when you’ve finished your visit. A nuchal translucency scan NT is an ultrasound scan that helps determine the likelihood of Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities in unborn babies. It is a non-invasive procedure so doesn’t carry a risk of miscarriage. The chance of having a baby with the condition is one in 1, for women who are 20 years old, rising to one in for women who are 30 years old, and one in for women who are It doesn’t carry a risk of miscarriage as it’s non-invasive, but it doesn’t give a definitive answer.
The scan will provide you with additional information on multiple pregnancies and it accurately dates your pregnancy.
Increased Nuchal translucency (NT) detected at either 1 st trimester screening or Dating scan. Sonographer to offer referral to Antenatal and Newborn Screening.
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For the new mum to be, Ultrasound scans are the highlight of her pregnancy. Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of your baby in the womb. The scans are painless, have no known side effects on mum or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy. Talk to your midwife, GP or obstetrician about any concerns you have. Before your Dating scan you will be asked to drink about two pints of water to fill up your bladder; this pushes up the uterus to give clearer imaging.
A nuchal translucency ultrasound (commonly called a “nuchal scan” or “NT scan”) is an ultrasound performed between and 13 weeks 6 days gestation.
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the early scan helps us to work out the date when your baby is due. We might suggest a different date from that indicated by your last period. This is because not.
Normal babies accumulate fluid under the skin behind the head and neck between 9 and 14 weeks of pregnancy, however, excess fluid has been associated with chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome. The Nuchal Translucency NT tends to be larger in a baby that might be affected by a chromosome abnormality and it can be compared with what is expected for a baby of the same size NT Normal Range.
The assessment of these elements age, blood, scan combined give us a comprehensive understanding of the likelihood of your baby being affected by a chromosome abnormality. The levels can be assessed from a simple blood test taken from you either before or on the same day as the Nuchal Translucency ultrasound is performed. The results can be compared to the expected results in a pregnancy at the same gestational age. We recommend having your 12 — 14 week scan at the same time, there are many benefits to this scan including:.
If your results indicate that you have an increased risk of a baby with a chromosome abnormality, you will be offered further prenatal testing. Remember, any woman who falls pregnant can have a child with a chromosome problem, but the risk increases with age. For more information on Nuchal Translucency NT , as well as our comprehensive assessment NT — plus, please get in touch with us.
You will need a copy of your referral to complete a booking. Due to the time required for some appointments, not all appointments can be booked online, for more information, please read our booking guideline. Obstetric Ultrasound.
It’s offered to all pregnant women, along with a blood test, in first-trimester combined screening options. The NT scan measures the clear translucent space in the tissue at the back of your baby’s neck. This is the “nuchal translucency. Some practitioners also look for the presence of the fetal nasal bone during the NT scan.
It’s routine to have a dating scan around weeks, to confirm and date the pregnancy. Your baby’s expected date of birth is then calculated.
The test suggests which pregnancies are at a higher risk of abnormality and may need further investigation. Alongside the scan we require you to have a blood test at least three working days prior. The pathology results and the scan measurements are used together to provide your report. We require you to have a full bladder during this scan. Please drink ml of water one hour before your appointment and try your best not to empty your bladder.
If you think you will find this difficult, please talk to us at the time of booking. You are not permitted to take photos or video during the scan. This is a medical procedure, and whilst we appreciate you are excited, the health of your baby is our primary concern and we ask for your support and understanding during this clinical appointment. Due to the medical nature of the appointment we ask that you are accompanied by one person. Your Ultrasound will be performed by a Sonographer.
They are specially trained medical professionals who perform ultrasounds. The images the Sonographer captures are then reviewed by a Radiologist who will generate a report for your referring doctor. You will be asked to lie down on a bed and your abdomen will need to be visible.