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The early stages of pregnancy are a whirlwind of emotions – excitement, anticipation, and sometimes, a touch of worry. At Emirates Hospitals Group, we understand your desire for reassurance and proactive care. The Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan, also known as the Nuchal Fold Scan, is a valuable tool offered during the first trimester to assess your baby’s development and identify potential chromosomal abnormalities.

What is a Nuchal Translucency Scan?

The Nuchal Translucency Scan, typically performed between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy, utilizes ultrasound technology to measure the fluid collection at the back of your baby’s neck. This fluid fold is normally present in all fetuses during this stage. However, an increased thickness of the fold can be associated with a higher risk of certain chromosomal conditions, such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18), and Patau syndrome (trisomy 13).

It’s important to remember that the NT Scan is a screening test, not a definitive diagnosis. An increased nuchal translucency measurement doesn’t necessarily mean your baby has a chromosomal abnormality. However, it can indicate the need for further testing, such as a combined first-trimester screening test or a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis.

Why Choose Emirates Hospitals for Your Nuchal Translucency Scan?

Our commitment to comprehensive prenatal care extends to the Nuchal Translucency Scan. Here’s why you can choose us with confidence:

  • Highly Trained Specialists: Our team comprises experienced fetal medicine consultants who conduct the scan with precision and care, addressing any questions you may have throughout the process.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilize state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, ensuring high-resolution images for a detailed evaluation of the nuchal fold.
  • Accurate Measurements: Our specialists adhere to strict protocols and standardized techniques for accurate measurement of the nuchal translucency.
  • Clear Communication: We believe in clear and open communication. The doctor will explain the scan results in detail, addressing any concerns you may have and outlining the next steps.
  • Integrated Care: We work closely with your obstetrician to ensure the findings are seamlessly integrated into your overall prenatal care plan.

What to Expect During Your Nuchal Translucency Scan Appointment:

  • Consultation: A brief consultation will be conducted before the scan to discuss your medical history and any specific concerns you may have.
  • The Scan: You’ll be comfortably positioned on an examination table. A transducer, a handheld device, will be gently applied to your abdomen with a lubricating gel to create ultrasound images on a screen. The scan itself typically takes around 15-20 minutes.
  • Results and Discussion: Following the scan, the doctor will review the findings with you, explaining the nuchal translucency measurement and its significance. They will also discuss the next steps, which may involve further testing or simply continued monitoring.

Gaining Peace of Mind During Your Pregnancy Journey

The Nuchal Translucency Scan at Emirates Hospitals Group offers valuable information for a more informed pregnancy journey. Schedule your appointment today and experience the comfort of knowing you’re receiving expert care throughout this exciting time.

Last update date: 02-07-2024

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