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.
Your blood test results, nuchal thickness measurement and other maternal information are combined to determine your individual risk factor with 80-85% accuracy. Results are available approximately 3 to 5 working days after your appointment. We recommend that you present your screening results 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 scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic scanning experience.
For greater than 99% accuracy in screening for Downs Syndrome see our NIPT + scan service.
What does this scan include?
Risk assessment for Down’s Syndrome between 11 – 13 weeks and 6 days gestation, no sexing.
- 40 minute diagnostic appointment
- Ultrasound scan for dating, wellbeing and nuchal thickness measurement
- A maternal blood sample (taken from the arm)
- Full report and supporting images
- Plus 4DFREEVIEW™ (from 12 weeks) with 3D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve*
- Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report.
Antenatal services similar to our NT Scan maybe available for free at your local NHS facility.
This scan includes viewing your baby in live 4D from available views and thermal b/w 3D scan prints at no extra charge. Please note that 4DFREEVIEW is a free option and if your baby’s position is not favorable for aesthetics on the day, we cannot offer a free rescan for this reason.
Have your scan images sent to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE Mobile: a safe and secure system for the delivery of ultrasound scan images to your mobile device or email address. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE uses the latest technology to bring you your scan images in a format that can be saved forever or shared on social media at the touch of a button. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE is included with your scan at no extra cost.
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.
Guide to number of guests
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.
Important - your personal information
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.
Frequently Asked Question
How do I receive my NT Scan results?
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.
What if my scan shows something is wrong or I need help after my appointment?
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 or you wish to make a complaint, you can contact the clinic where you had your scan and our staff will discuss any concerns that you may have.
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
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.
Are children welcome in the scan room?
No children will be allowed in clinic until further notice to help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.