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Available from 10 weeks onwards
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your baby, we recommend our Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing & Scan. Our NIPT scan is a non-invasive blood test which analyses cell-free DNA from the foetus which circulates in the pregnant mother’s blood.

This is an advanced non-invasive test for Down Syndrome, which looks at detecting the trisomy 21 Down Syndrome, trisomy 18 Edwards Syndrome, trisomy 13 Patau Syndrome and sex chromosome conditions. Our non-invasive prenatal testing & scan is available any time after 10 weeks gestation and should be paired with a dating scan in order to date your pregnancy as accurately as possible.

You will be asked to complete a consent form prior to the blood test being performed. Once these have been signed and the non-invasive prenatal test has taken place, they will be sent to our laboratory to extract the DNA from the blood sample.

To provide a result, there needs to be enough foetal DNA in the maternal blood. If there is not enough, another sample will be required and processed at no extra charge. The results of your NIPT scan will be ready in approximately five to seven working days.

After the non-invasive prenatal test, the number of women required to have a CVS or amniocentesis is less than 1%. It is important to note that if the test results show a high risk of trisomy 21, 18, 13 or sex chromosome conditions, it does not mean that the foetus definitely has one of these conditions, but it is highly likely. In the event of a high-risk result, a follow-up test via an invasive procedure is recommended.

All results should be forwarded onto your GP/midwife for their analysis and to include within the hospital notes. It is your responsibility to ensure they receive the reports from your non-invasive prenatal test. Our scans are performed by highly-qualified sonographers who have extensive obstetric scanning experience.

This package also involves a scan with your NIPT so you can see how your little one is growing.

What does a non-invasive prenatal test & scan include?

Dating, risk report and blood screening
2 x 2D black and white images in a mounted card frame
Free 4D sneak preview (optional from 12 to 22 weeks)
15 minute scan appointment

What is the purpose of a non-invasive prenatal test & scan?

The purpose of an NIPT scan is to test for Down’s Syndrome, Edward’s Syndrome & Patau Syndrome. This test will obtain blood samples which can then be analysed to assess the risk of these syndromes. A scan will also be performed to measure the crown rump length, confirm the foetal age and confirm whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy.

Book now or email info@ultrasoundplus.co.uk for more information about this scan.

Additional Extras

A6 B/W Image £5.00
2D Keyring £6.00
2D Fridge Magnet £4.00
A6 3D B/W Image £4.00
4 x 6 3D Colour Images £6.00
2D/3D download images £6.00
Heartbeat Bear (Only Available From 12 Weeks Onwards)£20.00
2D DVD (Only Available From 12 - 22 Weeks)£10.00

Non-Invasive Prenatal Test & Scan FAQs

Does a low risk result with this non-invasive prenatal test mean that the baby does not have Down’s Syndrome?

Any NIPT screening test carries with it the risk of a false negative. However, this risk of this happening in our non-invasive prenatal test is much lower than the standard down syndrome screening.

If I have a high risk result does that mean that the baby’s chromosomes are abnormal?

No, not necessarily. A high-risk result from your non-invasive prenatal test means there is a higher risk of abnormal chromosomes and you will be offered the option of amniocentesis to assess the chromosomes directly.

Can I have an NIPT scan if I’m having twins?

Yes, you can have the non-invasive prenatal test if you’re having twins.

Is this test available for IVF pregnancies?

Yes, our non-invasive test for down syndrome is suitable for IVF patients.

When will I get my results?

The results of your non-invasive prenatal test will be available in 5-7 working days.

What if my test fails?

3 out of every 100 women will require a repeat test. This could be due to an insufficient level of cell free DNA in your blood sample or it may not pass the quality score. If this happens, another sample will be obtained and sent back to our laboratory. There will be no charge for this.

Can I find out the sex of my baby with this non-invasive test for Down’s Syndrome?

Yes, we will be able to confirm the gender on single and identical twin pregnancies after 16 weeks gestation.

Are there any further tests that can be done with this sample?

Foetal sex chromosomes can also be used to evaluate X and Y sex chromosomes. This option tests for conditions caused by having a missing or extra copy of X and Y chromosomes including Turner and Klinefelter syndrome. This is only available for single pregnancies.

Do I need to drink water before my scan appointment?

Yes, it is recommended that you drink 1 litre of water at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment.

Who will perform the scan and blood test?

Our friendly sonographers will perform your non-invasive prenatal test and scan and will keep you informed each step of the way. Our sonographers work within the NHS alongside their role in Ultrasound Plus and are accredited by the Health Professional Council, The General Medical Council, Society of Radiographers or the Royal College of Midwives.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please be sure to bring any hospital notes you may have which can assist our sonographers if a referral is required.

Do I still need to visit the NHS if I had a scan with you?

Yes, our services are complimentary alongside the NHS.

What happens in terms of referrals?

It is important that you let your GP or midwife know of your intention to have a scan with Ultrasound Plus. Prior to your appointment we will ask you to complete a registration form where your GP/midwife details will be requested. It is your responsibility to report any findings to your GP/midwife.

Can I claim for this non-invasive prenatal test & scan on my medical insurance?

Ultrasound Plus will be paid directly by the patient and an invoice will be provided. Any claims made are between the insurance company and the patient is based on the decision of the insurance company. We advise you to check with your medical insurance prior to booking an appointment to avoid disappointment.

How many guests/children can come with me?

If you would like to bring guests along with you to you NIPT scan, you are more than welcome to bring up to five friends and family.
Ultrasound Plus testimonials
"We have now had 3 scans at the Brentwood branch, and the staff are lovely! This has been our favourite private clinic.. the sonographer Teresa is lovely, she explains everything in so much detail and doesn’t rush through the scan! No doubt we will be back again before our baby comes."Hayley Kitt
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