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Obstetrics Imaging

During your pregnancy two of the most common scans you will be referred for, are the Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan and a Morphology Scan.

What is Nuchal Translucency?

An NT scan is a screening test to establish if your pregnancy has a high risk of Down Syndrome or other chromosomal conditions. It involves a blood test and an ultrasound. Ideally, you arrange for your blood test to be carried out first, from about 9 weeks. You can then book your NT ultrasound scan between 12 weeks and 13 weeks and 6 days.

Nuchal Translucency is the fluid found at the back of your baby’s head and neck, just beneath the skin. The thickness of this fluid can be precisely measured. Data gathered from the scan measurement, blood test results and personal information are used to calculate either a low risk or high risk outcome.

It is a screening ultrasound. It is a non-invasive way of providing information about your baby’s risk of certain chromosonal abnormalities (trisomy 13, 18 and 21).

What is a morphology scan?

The morphology scan is used to assess the well-being of your baby and to check your dates. This scan is performed during your pregnancy between 18 to 22 weeks. Our highly experience sonographers are fully ASAR accredited and perform these ultrasounds.

About Your Test

Before your appointment

You will need a referral from your doctor to make an appointment. 

Upon receiving your referral, our Bookings Team will be able to help assist you in finding a time that works for you to have your test done.

On the day

Please fill your bladder based on the information our reception staff will provide at the time of booking. Also please bring in any prior scans you may have for this pregnancy.

After your appointment

After your scan you can go about your day as normal. 

Your images will be looked over by our Radiologists and a secure report and copy of the images will be provided to your referring practitioner. We will also provide you with a printed copy to take with you to your next appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please fill your bladder based on the information our reception staff will provide at the time of booking. Also please bring in any prior scans you may have for this pregnancy.
Prior to your scan and to ensure optimal imaging, you may be asked to change into a gown. A change cubicle will be provided to ensure your privacy and you will be asked to bring your belongings will you, carry baskets are provided. You will be asked to place your belongings in a suitable location within the room for the duration of your scan. After your scan, you will be provided with a change cubicle to ensure your privacy. Please ensure you have all your belongings with you prior to leaving the department. If you accidentally leave anything behind, please contact our staff to advise and we will endeavour to locate your belongings and return them to you.

Your images and report are provided through a secure online system to your doctor or healthcare provider. We will also provide you with a printed copy to bring to your next appointment.

Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the cost of your procedure at the time of your booking. If your exam is Medicare eligible, you will be bulk billed.