In september 2021 the 13-week ultrasound was implemented in the Netherlands. The 13-week ultrasound, also known as a “Early Anatomy Scan”, is quite similar to the 20-week ultrasound. Both ultrasounds focus on detecting possible physical abnormalities of the baby. During your first check-up with us, a counseling will take place where we inform you about all aspects of this scan. Once you have decided to pursue this ultrasound, the scan should be performed between 12+3 weeks of pregnancy and 14+3 weeks of pregnancy. The scan does not take place in our practice, but should be performed by a ultrasound specialist and so will take place in a ultrasound centre. The scan is about 30 minutes and you will hear the results right away.
In 95% of the cases, no physical abnormality will be found. In this case, no follow up is necessary. It is still possible to go for the 20-week ultrasound after this scan though.
in 5% of the cases, there is a possibility of a physical abnormality. In this situation it is not always possible to know right away if it is indeed a abnormality, the severity of what is seen on the scan and what the possible effects are on and for your baby. In this case follow-up is definitely possible.
At this moment it is only possible to have a 13-week ultrasound as part of scientific research study IMITAS. This study focuses on the pro’s and con’s of the 13-week ultrasound.
The 13-week ultrasound is covered by insurance.
For more information, please check http://www.pns.nl