Nuchal scanning in Cheshire

Pictured from left are advanced practitioner in ultrasound Christine McKay, Toshiba ultrasound applications specialist Nicky Sims, advanced practitioner in ultrasound Lai Chen Lau, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Simon Cunningham, advanced practitioner in ultrasound Julie Evanson and (seated) superintendent sonographer/advanced practitioner Suzanne Lynn.


A nuchal scanning service – the first in the North West – is now being provided at Leighton Hospital in East Cheshire.


It is available to women in the areas covered by the Mid Cheshire Trust, including Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich and Vale Royal.


The hospital offers combined nuchal translucency screening for NHS patients as a well-established means of improving the detection rate of Down’s-affected pregnancies within the first trimester.


The combined NT test allows for earlier detection of Down’s.  Women found to have a high risk result can be offered further diagnostic testing such as chorionic villus biopsy (available from 11 weeks) or amniocentesis (available from 15 weeks).  Both techniques are available in the women’s health unit at Leighton Hospital.


An Aplio, Toshiba’s premium system for general imaging, is being used for scanning.


See this report on page 2 of the August 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.

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