Nuchal Translucency Tests Dublin 11 – 14 Weeks
(to include photographs and computerised report)
Below is a general overview, and below this you can find the transcript of this video.
Nuchal Translucency Test Overview
This scan is performed to:
- screen for Down’s Syndrome and other abnormalities (the measurement of the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck can be an indication of a fetal abnormality or syndrome)
- confirm the presence of certain vital parts of the anatomy such as the baby’s skull, brain, nasal bone, spine, heart, stomach, abdominal wall, kidneys, bladder, arms & legs.
Please note: A blood sample is also requested to help identify any abnormalities. This is more accurate than either the ultrasound part or the blood part of the test done on their own. Normally, bloods are taken ten days prior to the Nuchal Translucency Scan. These bloods will be taken in the designated Phlebotomy Clinic on the ground floor. The results of these bloods will be available at your scan appointment. The cost of the bloods are included in your scan.
The Nuchal Translucency Tests cannot tell for certain if your baby has a chromosonal defect. However, it can help you decide whether the chances of your baby having a chromosonal problem is high enough to warrant having an invasive test, such as CVS or Amniocentesis. Follow on tests can be arranged for you at the National Maternity Hospital for you should you so wish.
Nuchal Fold Scan Video Transcript
Video title: Nuchal fold scan-Nuchal translucency test
The nuchal translucency scan is a test for Down’s syndrome. It involves a scan where we look at the baby’s size and heartbeat and we measure the fluid behind the back of the baby’s neck. We put this together with a blood test that we take. Ideally we would take this blood test about ten days before you come for your scan so that at the time of your scan, you can have the full and final result.
The result takes the form of a 1 in something number, 1 in 100, 1 in 500, 1 in 5000, and that can help you decide whether or not you would like to go on and have a more definitive diagnostic test.