Nuchal Scan (11-13 weeks)
The nuchal scan is a comprehensive assessment of the well-being of the pregnancy, including assessment of the baby, placenta and umbilical cord.
Who needs a nuchal scan?
All pregnant mothers should have a detailed scan at 11-13 weeks.
What does the scan include?
The purpose of this appointment is to check for baby's growth, development and the chance for common genetic problems such as Down syndrome. The scan also includes checking the health of the supporting pregnancy structures such as the placenta and umbilical cord.
How is the scan performed?
The scan is usually performed transabdominally (scanning through the abdomen), but sometimes a transvaginal (internal) scan may be necessary. A full bladder is not required for the nuchal scan.
What happens after the scan?
The results will be explained in detail and you will be provided with a comprehensive report including all images from the scan.