First Trimester Screening
First Trimester Ultrasound

First Trimester Screening is a test for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) and Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome). The test uses software by license from the Fetal Medicine Foundation. It uses a combination of background factors (predominantly age), ultrasound and biochemistry to give the pregnant woman a risk for the conditions listed above.  If biochemistry is available, the results are given immediately after the ultrasound, and appropriate counselling will be undertaken.  Each sonographer is subject to regular audit of their performance in order to maintain standards.  The audit is operated by RANZCOG.

For Trisomy 21, a risk of 1:300 or more is considered “high risk”. For Trisomy 13 and 18, a risk of 1:150 is considered “high risk”.

It is important to remember that First Trimester Screening is a test, not a diagnostic test. This is merely a guide as to whether further testing is warranted. This will be dependent on many factors, including the actual risk (eg 1:2 vs 1:299) and patient factors. Our doctors and trained sonographers will provide individualised counselling to help with the decision making process once a risk has been given, as every woman has different circumstances.

 Nuchal translucency measurement

Nuchal translucency is the term used to describe the appearance of a fluid-filled space at the back of a baby’s neck that can be seen using an ultrasound early in pregnancy.  The depth of the space at the back of the baby’s neck can be measured using ultrasound. This should be thin at this stage of pregnancy. The greater the depth of fluid, the more there is a  chance that the baby has a problem with his or her chromosomes, or some other structural abnormality.

Frequently asked questions regarding First Trimester Screening – please click here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

The Government of Western Australia has declared a State of Emergency for Western Australia. The situation changes often; please inquire with our medical receptionists about the relevant steps taken to slow the spread.

Unsure of the situation or if an emergency lockdown occurs? Please attempt to confirm your appointment before coming.

Please reschedule your appointment, and DO NOT ENTER our facilities, if you:
Have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19; OR
Have a fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, or any cold/flu like symptoms.

If you fit this criteria, you may check your symptoms using healthdirect's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker. You should then call ahead to your doctor or hospital Emergency Department before presenting yourself there. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call '000' and advise the operator while remaining in self quarantine.

Western Ultrasound for Women encourages all to download and activate the SafeWA app to improve contact tracing.

Western Ultrasound is committed to the risk mitigation of Coronavirus COVID-19 as one of our priorities for patient safety and quality of care. To maintain personal distancing, there may be changes to regular operating hours, and the scheduling of obstetric and gynaecological appointments. We may also seek to minimize contact time where necessary. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience arising from measures taken for the safety of staff and patients.

COVID-19 Health Information Hotline: 1800 020 080 | Department of Health Health Warnings

Updated 10 Aug 2021