For example, the NT scan for Down's syndrome has a false-positive rate of five per cent. This means that, out of 20 women who have the scan, one woman will be wrongly told she has a high chance of having a baby with Down's syndrome.
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The point of the scan is to work out how many weeks pregnant you are. Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management CG 154.
You may have calculated the length of your pregnancy from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).
Finding out about having twins early in pregnancy also gives you more time to prepare for the birth and for your doctor and midwife to plan your care. Nearly all scans after 10 weeks can be done through your tummy, and most units ask you to arrive with a full bladder.
The sonographer will put some gel on your tummy and move a small hand-held device (transducer) over your skin to get views of your baby.
How big your baby will be depends on when you have the scan: After 13 weeks, your baby can curl up and stretch out, so measuring the length becomes less accurate.