Also known as the 12-13 week scan, the Down Syndrome scan, the safety scan, first trimester screening.

A nuchal translucency scan is an ultrasound procedure that measures the nuchal translucency of your baby, which is a fluid-filled space behind your baby's neck and delivered to the genetic centre. Prior to your scan, your GP or obstetrician will refer you for a blood test, which will also be sent to the genetic centre and analysed against your ultrasound. They will determine the likelihood of your baby having Down Syndrome and send your doctor a report.

We also do an early anatomy check just to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be and growing nicely. The extra benefits of the nuchal scan are that you get to see your baby again and, if you book closer to 14 weeks, we can tell you with 99% accuracy the gender of your baby.

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When to have it: 12-13w6d

Cost: $280 ($310 on weekends), and then a rebate of $59.50. *Extra fee of $30 for gender determination.

Duration: 30 minutes

What’s included:

  • Medical report (up to 2 business days)
  • 1 (4 x 6″) glossy photo
  • 3 thermal black and white photos
  • All digital images captured on the day and sent to your email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is nuchal translucency scan safe?

The nuchal translucency scan is a safe and non-invasive prenatal test that can be used to screen for certain birth defects, including Down syndrome. The test is performed during the first trimester of pregnancy and involves using ultrasound to measure the thickness of the nuchal fold, which is the skin at the back of the baby's neck. A high nuchal translucency measurement may be an indication of Down syndrome or another chromosomal disorder.

The nuchal translucency scan is usually performed between 12 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. The test is often combined with a blood test, which can further increase its accuracy.

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