The Nuchal Scan is used not only to give you an estimated due date, but is primarily used to detect certain fetal abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome. You can also find out the gender of your baby at this scan, if you wish to know, at no extra charge.

What Is The Nuchal Scan (With Early Gender Scan) For?

  •  To measure the collection of fluid under the skin at the back of the baby’s neck and the nasal bridge to detect certain abnormalities (this scan can detect 85% babies with Down Syndrome and 95% babies with other chromosomal abnormalities such as Edwards, Patau and Turner Syndrome. It can also detect a significant number of major structural abnormalities.) See Pregnancy Complications for further information
  • To accurately date the pregnancy
  • To tell the gender of your baby (if you want to know). At 11 weeks there is a 75-80% accuracy in assessing the gender. See Baby Gender Scan Overview for more information.

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When Is The Scan Performed?

This scan is performed between 11 weeks and 1 day to 13 weeks and 6 days.  The dates are critical because the various measurements taken will be inaccurate if outside these parameters and will skew the results. The optimal time for the scan is 12 weeks and 3 days.

 

Where Can I Have This Scan?

Dr Penman provides a full baby scanning programme at the Spire Alexandra Hospital in Walderslade, Kent.

 

 

How Long Does The Appointment Take?

The appointment takes 30 minutes, although the scanning portion of the appointment takes slightly less than this. The remainder of the appointment is used for giving past medical history and for Dr Penman to explain the results of the scan.

 

Do I Need To Do Anything Special Before This Scan?

Make sure your bladder is not empty. However, it does not need to be full or uncomfortable

 

How Much Is This Scan?

This scan costs £130 and includes:

  • A CD of still 2D and 3D images
  • A DVD of 4D images (real-time moving images). PLEASE NOTE: There is no audio on this DVD, but you are welcome to record the baby’s heartbeat on your phone during the scan – for more information on the importance of detecting the baby’s heartbeat, please click here)
  • Some printed images
  • A detailed medical report

PLEASE NOTE: There are no hidden extras in the scan fees, and no extra is charged for 3D and 4D images. Please also bear in mind that if you have a raised BMI, this makes 3D and 4D scanning much more difficult. This is not a reason for Dr Penman to rescan.

 

Booking This Scan

You can book this scan by clicking on the button below.

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More Information

For more information on any of the scans Dr Penman offers, please click the button below.

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Beauty In A Maze
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Beauty In A Maze

Although I’m not pregnant (nor do I plan to become pregnant anytime soon) this would be a great thing for anyone who has concerns, especially if something like Down syndrome is a worry for the older mother. I think it’s unfortunate that there is no sound available for the DVD, but it’s really cool that parents can have a video to show their children in the future and it’s a great way to put a family at ease to know they have a perfectly healthy baby.  Even if a fetus ends up showing signs of having a condition you mentioned… Read more »

Kuu
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Kuu

This Nuchal Scan tells you how the medical institute is evolving at a fast pace. I think it’s a wonderful technology to have because it shows the future parents and doctor if the baby have any issues. This way the future parents and doctors can take immediate action in helping the baby before it’s born. 

Furthermore, the idea of using this device to accurately know when the baby will be born is amazing. One question I have about this device is, are there side effects to it? 

Chrissie Spurgeon
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Chrissie Spurgeon

Scans are so important in order to give peace of mind that your baby is growing properly, or to alert to any aspects of your pregnancy which need special attention. One thing that I would really like to know is how much more information is found from the Nuchal fetal scan than can be found in the scans which are normally given by the NHS? And what are the main advantages to having a scan at the Spire? I have had treatment at a Spire before, although not at the Spire Alexandra Hospital, and I can certainly recommend the treatment… Read more »

Angelica
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Nice website and well put together. For someone not in the medical field it is very easy to read and understand. Great job. I was carried away by the clear and readable content that I had to subscribe to the baby blog. Thanks.

Chris
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Chris

I can remember going in for this scan with my (now) four year old son, we were both really worried that something horrible was going to turn up (human nature really). 

Our worries were misplaced, and instead I had the wonderful experience of finding out I was going to have a son, and actually seeing something on the screen resembling a human life. We had no problem in paying them whatever they wanted for the CD’s and images…

It was a great day! 🙂

Angelica
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Nice website and well put together. For someone not in the medical field it is very easy to read and understand. Great job. I was carried away by the clear and readable content that I had to subscribe to the baby blog.

I learnt something new as I never new that their where particular dates set side for scanning to determine the gender of a baby in the womb. That was something completely new to me.

So on the overall your website is also very informative. Thanks. 

John
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John

Thanks Dr. Penman for the informative post about The Nuchal Scan to avoid pregnancy complications. I didn’t realize the gender scan could be done at 11-13 weeks. In your post it said the optimal time for the scan is 12 weeks and 3 days, is that the best day to book an appointment time for a mother with availability? Does the expecting mother have to do anything special the day before the scan?

Strahinja
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Strahinja

Hello and thank you for your informative review. It was really thorough and precise. Me and my wife just found out we are expecting a baby a week ago and we are so thrilled. After reading your article we are definitely thinking about getting a nuchal scan with gender scan also.

It is definitely really important to find out if there is any kind of abnormalities in early stages of pregnancy.

I was wondering what type of service you offer except this scan Mr. David Penman?

Thank you in advance.

Strahinja

 

Fredery
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Fredery

I do not plan to have a baby any time soon, maybe in a few years, one of the reason is because I am not prepared for being a father, in order to do that I need to learn so many things! And if is not a problem, may I ask you some questions about the topic? 

I think it is amazing how this scan can detect abnormalities and different syndromes! But I’m afraid of not knowing what to do if my child is born with down syndrome, for example.

What should I do in that stressful situation?

Thank you beforehand