Upgrading the fetal nuchal translucency test

M. Bronshtein, S. Blazer, E. Z. Zimmer

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As already noted, the detection rate of fetal aneuploidy is about 75% in the series of the Fetal Medicine Foundation which was performed mainly in the high-risk population. Our study population consists mainly of low-risk pregnancies (87%), with a similar detection rate of about 75% for fetal aneuploidy. Therefore, we believe that it is about time to train a new generation of physicians who will be able to perform a thorough targeted ultrasound examination of all fetal organs. The optimal time for the initial scan is at 14-16 weeks of gestation. At this gestational age, most nuchal anomalies are present and many structural anomalies can be detected. Nuchal 'translucency' screening as a single test should be reserved for countries where there are not yet facilities to perform a professional ultrasound examination of the fetus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-149
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasound Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromosomal anomalies
  • Down's syndrome
  • Fetus
  • Nuchal translucency
  • Screening test
  • Structural anomalies
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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