The number of guests you may bring to your scan varies in each location, in line with local government recommendations. Please check your location here to confirm the number of guests who can attend before booking.
Available to women from 16 years of age.
This service includes a Non-Invasive Prenatal Test in the form of a blood test and also gives you the opportunity to see your little one as we include a diagnostic ultrasound scan. Availability of NIPT varies by location and we use the Vision and Harmony tests. A sample of your blood needs to be taken either by us at the time of your appointment or privately by your midwife, GP or local phlebotomist.
When you book online, depending on your chosen location you may be contacted to arrange the most convenient way for you to have this done close by. You will receive the results approximately 7 working days following your appointment.
Once you have your results we always recommend that you present them to your usual healthcare professional whose contact details we take at the time of booking. Your choice of a free rescan may be appropriate if we are unable to perform the primary purpose of this scan.
All of our scans are performed by a professionally qualified Sonographer with diagnostic obstetric scanning experience.
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) results from the natural breakdown of fetal cells (presumed to be mostly placental). The NIPT analyses cell-free DNA in the maternal blood which can indicate the probability of Down's syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau’s Syndrome (Trisomy 13). On request we can also yield a result for the gender of your baby, all from a maternal blood sample.
The ultrasound scan will determine viability (your baby’s heartbeat), if single or multiple fetus are present and accurately date your pregnancy. Very occasionally it may involve transvaginal / internal scanning.
Need to expose lower abdomen so ideally wear separate garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.
Drink 0.5 Ltr (1 pint) clear fluid approx 1 hour before appointment time.
Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
Please bring your hand held notes with you to the scan.
The NIPT is analysed in the UK by our authorised partners: Vision via Future Health or Harmony via TDL. In booking a NIPT appointment with us you are agreeing to your personal information being shared with the relevant partners solely for the purpose of this test. Your express permission will also be requested during your appointment.
Cell-free fetal DNA (cff DNA) comes from the placenta. It is first detectable from about 4-5 weeks’ gestation and reaches the required level needed for testing by 10 weeks’ gestation in most pregnancies.
There are three possible results from NIPT for Down syndrome:
A high chance of the fetus being affected by Down syndrome. An invasive test is required to confirm the result.
A low chance of the fetus being affected by Down syndrome.
Inconclusive results happen in up to <1.0% of cases. This is usually because the proportion of fetal DNA present in the sample is not high enough to give an accurate result. NIPT may be repeated with the hope that the cfDNA levels will have increased due to the increased gestation. In some rare cases however, the cfDNA is naturally low and in these instances a result cannot be yielded. NIPT detection rate is around 99% of all babies with Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes.
The Vision Test - we will be able to report the high probability but not if one or both twins are affected.
The Harmony Test -
The relative proportion of cell-free fetal DNA is reduced in women with a high BMI as they have more of their own cell-free DNA circulating in their blood.
This may increase the chance of getting an inconclusive result.
No, we do not offer this with either NIPT test.
A microdeletion is the absence of a small piece of chromosome and is named by the area of the chromosome that is absent. Currently due to a lack of research into the reliability of this test Ultrasound Direct are not offering this as an additional option at this present time.
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.
All figures quoted relate to the Vision test unless otherwise stated.
* relates to the Harmony test only
The following links may provide you with further, useful information regarding our NIPT with scan service:
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