If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you may be wondering about a test called a Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound. Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. offers this type of first-trimester screening at our office, and we hear some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about it that we’d like to address.
Why Would I Get A Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound?
This test can check your baby’s risk of certain birth defects such as Down syndrome, Edward’s syndrome, trisomy 13 and many other chromosomal abnormalities as well as heart problems.
When Can I Get A Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound?
This test is done during your first trimester. It must be performed between eleven to fourteen weeks of your pregnancy.
How Is A Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound Performed?
During this test, your developing baby’s nuchal translucency, the clear tissue located at the back of your baby’s neck, will be measured. This test is a noninvasive screening that uses an ultrasound wand on your abdomen.
What Do I Do With The Results Of My Test?
It’s important to note that the accuracy rate of this type of screening is 70 to 75 percent when used as a standalone risk assessment with a five percent false-positive rate. For this reason, it is recommended to have a blood test as well.
First Trimester Screening
Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. provides first-trimester screening for pregnant women. If you are pregnant and are at high risk for having a child with these types of problems, you may want to consider first-trimester screening. Our experienced obstetricians at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A can sit down with you, discuss your risk factors and help determine if this type of testing is right for you and your unborn child. Call us today.