A nuchal translucency ultrasound is performed in order to estimate the risk of your baby being born with Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21). This procedure uses ultrasound pulsing, emitted through a wand-like transducer, in order to measure the skin thickness at the back of the fetus’s neck. It is generally performed between 11 weeks and 13 weeks, 6 days.
Patients are eligible for same day nuchal translucency laboratory testing in Grande Prairie. Please download the laboratory requisition and take it to your Family Doctor or OBGYN. Shift Imaging will complete the form after your exam, you may then proceed to the Lab for collection. The risk analysis (combined ultrasound findings and lab results) will be completed by the University of Alberta, Department of Biochemical Genetics. You will receive a mailed copy of your results directly from the Lab. Shift Imaging will fax the results of your ultrasound to your doctor.
Our radiologists will interpret your information and aim to forward the results to your doctor by the end of the next working day.
This exam is covered under the Alberta Health Care Plan.