What is the 11-13 week nuchal scan?

The nuchal scan appointment is the first important appointment in your pregnancy. This appointment will allow us to accurately date your pregnancy, undertake a survey of the baby’s anatomy and provide you with a risk assessment of Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.  The scan is carried out from 11 weeks to 13 weeks and six days.

What are the objectives of this visit?

The main objectives of this visit are:

  • Accurate dating of the pregnancy
  • Diagnosis of multiple pregnancies
  • Diagnosis of early pregnancy failure
  • Diagnosis of major fetal abnormalities
  • Screening for chromosomal abnormalities

How much time will the appointment take?

Usually, the scan will be completed in 45 minutes but in some instances, it may take up to an hour depending on the position of your baby and the adequacy of views obtained on the ultrasound scan.

Do I have to have a full bladder for the scan?

No, you do not need to have a full bladder for this appointment.

How will the scan be carried out?

The ultrasound examination will be carried out through your abdomen (transabdominal). Sometimes, it may be necessary to carry out an internal examination (transvaginal) if the necessary views to complete the scan cannot be obtained by abdominal scanning.

How will the risk of Down’s syndrome be assessed?

This assessment is based on your age, ultrasound scan and measurement of levels of specific proteins in your blood. The ultrasound scan will allow us to measure the baby’s length (crown rump length) and the nuchal translucency (thickness of fluid behind the baby’s neck). The blood sample obtained from you will allow us to measure two proteins in your blood (free beta-human gonadotropic hormone [β-hCG] and pregnancy associated plasma protein-A [PAPP-A]). These bloods will need to be done at either 10 weeks or up to 2 days before the scan itself.  We will combine the results of the ultrasound scan and the blood tests and provide you with an individual and specific risk for your pregnancy.

What if I am deemed to be high-risk?

If the result of the combined test is high-risk, then the pros and cons of further management options will be discussed which include cell free DNA testing by taking a blood sample from the mother or an invasive test such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis.

Clinic Fees

  • Initial consultation – £350 (a deductible £100 deposit is required to secure this appointment)
  • Follow up consultation – £200
  • Immune tests- tests range from £150 to £700 each
  • Wellbeing tests- tests range from £60 to £155 each
  • Hormonal tests – tests range from £87 to £105 each
  • Non-invasive Fetal DNA testing- £450
  • Initial scan – £235
  • 3D saline scan – £450
  • HyFosy – £475
  • 3D saline scan + Hyfosy – £625
  • Early pregnancy scans (includes consultation) – £290
  • Nuchal scan (includes blood tests) – £360
  • Anomaly scan- £360
  • Growth scans package (28, 32 and 36 weeks) – £760

    Fetal Medicine scan packages are available on request.
  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) – from £1893
  • Hysteroscopy – from £1300
  • Initial consultation –  £285
  • Nurse consultation – £200
  • IVF cycle-  From £3950 (excludes initial and nurse consultations medications,  pre-IVF investigation tests)

    IVF packages are available on request.
  • Initial consultation –  £285
  • Nurse consultation – £200
  • IUI cycle-  From £1200 (excludes initial and nurse consultations medications,  pre-IUI investigation tests)

    IUI packages are available on request
  • Sperm DNA Integrity- £490
  • Semen Analysis- £225
We accept insurance policies from BUPA at CRP Clinic.

Consultations are billed under Professor Shehata’s provider number: 04346007

Tests and investigations are billed under The Miscarriage Clinic’s provider number: 60012322

Please Note:
  • You are responsible for understanding your insurance coverage.
  • Contact your insurer before your initial consultation to verify coverage.
  • Check your policy for coverage limits and excess amounts.
  • Provide us with your insurance details, including membership/policy number and pre-authorization number.
  • Provide us with written confirmation (email or letter) from BUPA as to which tests/investigations they have agreed to cover.
  • If your policy doesn’t cover the full cost, you will be billed for the remaining balance.