About Pre-Natal Diagnosis
All women wish for a problem-free pregnancy. However, around 5% of pregnant women are at risk of having some kind of health issue with their baby.
What Tests Can Detect
The term prenatal diagnosis refers to the detection of any chromosomal, genetic or physical abnormality in an unborn baby.
Most obstetricians recommend a nuchal translucency scan at 12-14 weeks of gestation and a morphology scan at 18-20 weeks of the pregnancy. The more invasive forms of testing, such as CVS or amniocentesis, might then be needed if a high risk of chromosomal abnormality is present or if there is a physical problem. Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) may also be helpful in assessing the risk of a foetal chromosomal abnormality.
What Tests Cannot Detect
While these types of testing can accurately determine a chromosomal abnormality, it is important to understand that no prenatal test can tell us how severely affected a baby with a chromosomal abnormality might be. Also, this type of testing will not be able to exclude all abnormalities even if the chromosomes are normal.
We always carefully counsel our patients when risks are identified, before any invasive tests take place. And fortunately, most of the time the test results are normal.
We work closely with Newcastle Ultrasound, which is located within our Practice to ensure that you receive the best care possible for accurate, reliable prenatal diagnosis.
At Newcastle Ultrasound, you are our number one priority and we’ll care for you with sensitivity and professionalism. We provide a safe environment, personalised care and better-quality, more accurate ultrasound scans with our state-of-the-art digital scanning equipment.
Get In Touch
We’re in Newcastle
Address: Suite 1 & 2, 25 Morehead Street, Lambton NSW 2299
Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm,
Friday: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Phone: (02) 4957 3899