Early fetal anatomy
(12 – 16 week ultrasound)

Advances in ultrasound technology mean we can start to examine your baby’s anatomy much sooner than in the past. An early fetal anatomy scan at around 13 weeks can help to identify problems (although many problems cannot be seen until the 20 week scan).


We also measure the nuchal translucency (NT), which is often increased in babies with Down syndrome and other chromosomal conditions.


Identifying a concern early on gives you more time (and sometimes more options) for further testing and management. Consider this ultrasound for:

  • Women who have not had a scan earlier in the pregnancy
  • Couples with a previous child affected by a structural anatomical problem
  • Twin and triplet pregnancies
  • Women with chronic medical problems, such as diabetes, or using certain medications

We offer the full range of specialist pregnancy scans. Please click on the links below for more information :

Early fetal anatomy