Misdannelsesscanning

From 13 weeks and 0 days until 18 weeks and 0 days

Ultralydklinikken for Gravide is the only clinic in Denmark offering early malformation scans.

Early malformation scans require great expertise and many years of experience in foetal ultrasound scans.

If you have had a risk calculation at your nuchal translucency scan that you felt was a bit too high, this risk can be adjusted towards a lower risk if the foetus has a visible nasal bone. Our clinic is certified with the Foetal Medicine Foundation in London to find the nasal bone on ultrasound using the software ASTRAIA to adjust the risk calculation.

 

ASTRAIA is a medical database and is the software all hospitals in Denmark use.

ASTRAIA is only sold to clinics owned by doctors certified with the Foetal Medicine Foundation in London. 

The nasal bone adjustment is not used in the hospitals.
Early malformation scan is performed after 13 full weeks of gestation.

Note that you can combine this scan with the nuchal translucency scan if you are scanned when you are exactly between 12 weeks and 6 days to 13 weeks and 6 days. Please use our pregnancy calculator to see how far along you are.

 

What do we look for?

  • We measure the size of the foetus and determine the due date
  • We count the number to foetuses
  • We check if the foetus develops according to its age. We check the cranium and the brains development, the face and especially if there is cleft lip or palate. We count the number of fingers. We check to see that all the chambers in the heart are there. We then check the abdominal wall, the stomach, the kidneys and bladder. We also check the bones in the arms and legs. Clubbed feet can be seen at this age already.
  • Note that the baby's gender is not visible on ultrasound at this age
  • Also note that although the nuchal translucency scan is included in the early malformation scan, the double test is not and must be purchased separately.

 

Late malformations scan

From full 19 weeks until full 22 weeks.

This ultrasound is the best to see if there are any malformations. Even if you have had a nuchal translucency scan earlier we recommend you have this thorough check-up of your baby done. This scan is really the baby's first health examination.

  • We measure the heads size to determine the age
  • We systematically check the whole foetus from head to toe to see if everything is developing normally.
  • We locate the placenta and measure how much amnion fluid there is.
  • We hear the baby's heart beating
  • We can determine the gender, should you wish to know this
  • We record everything onto a DVD
  • We print out pictures of the baby from the machine
  • We check if the foetus develops according to its age. We examine the spine and the brains development. We examine the face and especially if there is cleft lip or palate. We count the number of fingers. We check the chest to see that all the chambers in the heart are there and that the lungs are developing normally. We then check the abdominal wall, the stomach, the kidneys and bladder. We also check the bones in the arms and legs. Clubbed feet can be seen at this age already.

If the baby won't let us see everything at the scan, we make a new appointment free of charge, so we are sure that everything has been checked.

If we find any malformations you will receive competent counselling immediately as all our doctors are very experienced in this field.

If you wish, we will also refer you to your local hospital or a centre in foetal development.

  • If the baby won't let us see everything at the scan, we make a new appointment free of charge, so we are sure that everything has been checked.
  • At either scan you get a written rapport with a checklist of all the things we have looked for.
  • The scan is usually done abdominally, but in some cases we may have to do part of the scan vaginally.
  • If we find any malformations you will receive competent counselling immediately as all our doctors are very experienced in this field. If you wish, we will also refer you to your local hospital or a centre in foetal development.