Frequently asked questions
What is Nuchal Translucency (NT)?
NT is an accredited screening process performed from 11 to 13+6 weeks of pregnancy. The fluid area behind the fetal neck is measured using ultrasound. The blood is measured for 2 naturally occurring hormones by the Fetal Medicine Centre’s laboratory. These blood results, combined with the ultrasound measurements determine the risk factor.
Who is eligible for NT Screening?
In accordance with NICE regulations, NT screening is initially the most accurate form of identifying Down’s syndrome babies. There are no age restrictions to being screened. It is a personal choice, and is available to everyone.
What is measured in the NT scan?
At My Ultra Healthcare NT scans follow the standard NHS protocols and guidelines. The Nuchal Translucency measurements (NT), Crown Rump Length (CRL), Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) are measured. Your approximate weight and height are requested. Additional information is also requested, i.e. smoking throughout pregnancy and confirmation of natural/IVF pregnancy – these are requested to process the risk factor on the FMF software. No chromosomal markers are examined.
How accurate are the results & what do they show?
At My Ultra Healthcare, we assure 90 to 95% accuracy with the combined ultrasound & blood screening, (80% accuracy with only an ultrasound) – therefore, not all pregnancies with Down’s syndrome may be detected. The NT screening, determines your risk factor of carrying a Down’s syndrome baby or other similar types of chromosome abnormalities.
receive further follow-up tests, like CVS (Chorionic Villous Sampling) or Amniocentesis. Such follow-up tests will help determine the certainty of your pregnancy being affected by Down’s.
What happens if my results show I am a high risk patient?
If your results indicate an increased risk of carrying a Down’s baby – this means your NT results, combined with blood results and your age, gave an approximate 1 in 150 or higher chance that your baby is a Down’s baby.
My Ultra Healthcare will advise you to discuss your results and options with your GP &/or midwife. If you wish, My Ultra Healthcare can provide you with details of where you can receive further follow-up tests, like CVS (Chorionic Villous Sampling) or Amniocentesis. Such follow-up tests will help determine the certainty of your pregnancy being affected by Down’s.
What if I fall outside the gestation period for a Nuchal Scan?
In such incidences, we will charge you for a dating scan and rebook for NT scan at a later date.
What if the baby is not in a good position?
We will request that you move around and re-attempt scanning you, a maximum of 3 times. Should this prove to be unsuccessful, we will invite you back for one rescan at no extra charge.
Do I get charged for rescans?
At My Ultra Healthcare, we are pleased to offer patients one rescan at no extra cost. We value the importance of the bonding experience for our patients and their families and due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control on the day of the scan, images may not always be obtainable – hence, we have made it our policy to invite patients back at no extra charge
Do I need to drink water before my scan?
Our guidance is to drink approximately 1 litre of water, at least 20 mins prior to the scan, however, we advise you drink as much as you can tolerate and to not make yourself uncomfortable.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Please bring your along your hospital notes/or referral letter and reports to assist our Sonographers if a referral is required.
Will you advise me if my scan shows anything wrong?
Please note, our scans do not replace any of your NHS scans. During your appointment if a follow up medical is required we will discuss this with you and provide a full report for to forward to your GP/ health practitioner.
Do I still need to visit the NHS if I had a scan with you?
Yes, our services are a complementary service, which works alongside the NHS.
What happens in terms of referrals?
We advise all our customers to advise their GP or midwife know of their intention to have a scan with us. On arrival at My Ultra Healthcare we will ask you to complete a registration form, where your GP/midwife details will be requested. If from the scan there shows a need to contact or share any information regarding you or your baby, you are responsible for providing the report to your GP/Midwife.
I have medical insurance; can I claim for my scans?
My Ultra Healthcare will be paid directly by the patient and invoice will be provided. Any claims made are between the insurance company and patient and is based on the decision of the insurance company. My Ultra Healthcare would advise to check with your insurance company first, to avoid disappointment.
How many people can accompany to my appointment?
We recognise the importance of having friends and family attend with you, especially with 3D/4D. We are happy for family and friends to attend, however due to limitations in space and seating, we are able to accommodate up to 5 people with the patient and children are welcome too.