From 24th July: you and your +1 guest (no children currently allowed) are required to wear a mask or face covering when attending appointments at Ultrasound Direct clinics, in line with UK government guidance. If you attend without a suitable face covering single-use masks are available to buy at the time of your appointment, subject to availability. For more information please see our COVID-19 Information page.
Available to women from 16 years of age.
Private ultrasound NT (Nuchal Translucency) scan for dating, well being and nuchal thickness measurement combined with a blood test.
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.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic scanning experience.
For greater accuracy in screening for Down's Syndrome see our NIPT + scan service.
Risk assessment for Down's Syndrome between 11 – 13 weeks and 6 days gestation, no sexing. Note that a risk factor is not a definitive result and that an “increased-risk” screening result does not indicate with certainty that there is an abnormality.
Antenatal services similar to our NT Scan but WITHOUT BLOODS maybe available for free at your local NHS facility.
Need to expose abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece 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.
The blood test combined with the NT scan is analysed in the UK by our authorised partners TDL . By booking a NT scan appointment with us you are agreeing to your personal information being shared with TDL solely for the purpose of this test. Your express permission will also be asked during your appointment.
Your results will be communicated within 2 working days of the Laboratory receiving the blood sample. Your results will be sent to the email address supplied when you booked your scan.
The email will be accompanied by some guidance as to what to do with the results. A dedicated telephone number will also be given should you have any queries relating to your results.
In a small number of cases it may be necessary to contact you directly to discuss further information or to explain your NT scan results further.
On these occasions the telephone contact information collected when you booked your scan will be used.
Very rarely, there may be a problem that is totally unexpected and we are the bearers of bad news.
Never easy to hear, we will ensure you have the time, support and a plan of care arranged. We will continue our course of support for as long as you need us.
If you become concerned about any aspect of your scan, the images and recordings you have taken home, you can contact the clinic where you had your scan and our staff will discuss any concerns that you may have.
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.
We use the latest and safest technology to transfer your images to your device so you can share them with loved ones as soon as you leave the clinic