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Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan

11 - 13 weeks


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About the Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan

The “NT” in NT Scan stands for nuchal translucency and what it does is verify if your baby is having any chromosomal abnormalities and if it growing as expected.

As this may be an anxious time in your pregnancy we will make sure that you will receive a reassuring and personal service during this procedure at the Baby Scan Clinic in Manchester.

What to expect on the day

If there is any chance that your baby will suffer of Down syndrome or any other chromosomal abnormalities, we will find out during the NT scan which takes place between the 11th and the 13th week of pregnancy. This is done by finding out which is the amount of fluid surrounding you baby’s neck.

One of our experienced and friendly sonographers will do the scan in the abdominal area and will talk you through the process. Meanwhile you will be able to see you baby in real-time on the screen. You should be aware of the fact that this appointment does not include screening tests.

Preparing for your scan

Feel free to eat and drink as normal on the day of your scan and wear loose clothing during your appointment (ideally a skirt or trousers and a top). Please drink a pint of water an hour prior to your scan, and do not empty your bladder before the examination.

Your appointment

How do I make an appointment?

In order to make an appointment you have access our online appointment system and choose a specific date and time which best suits your schedule.

Can I cancel or move an appointment?

To cancel you appointment or simply change any details regarding, you must call us on 0121 374 2424.

Further information

About ultrasound

As a founding member of the Sonographer Society, the professional body for ultrasound technicians, we assure our clients clinical excellence and progress according to the ultrasound standards in the UK.

For over 40 years ultrasound has been successfully used and has shown no risks. The Baby Scan Clinic is keeping up with the most state-of-the-art ultrasound scans as technology is continually improving. Currently we are using 2013 and 2014 scanner models.

For more details on this topic see Fetal Medicine Foundation & BMUS

Carrying out your scan safely is most important to Baby Scan Clinic and we assure you that all ultrasounds are done by qualified sonographers who are registered with HCPC and the Sonographer Society.