A Genetic Ultrasound can detect when a fetus is at risk for genetic problems or chromosomal problems like Down syndrome. In addition to the ultrasound, the physician will use a combination of blood tests to verify these complications. The first set of tests usually happen within the first trimester. A second ultrasound happens at the 20-week mark when the baby’s organs can be carefully evaluated.
All procedures are carefully conducted and supervised by certified physicians. There are various reasons why a mother might consider getting a genetic ultrasound. Some of these reasons include advanced maternal age, children with genetic problems, and abnormal blood tests or screenings. It’s important to detect any complications as early as possible so both the mother and baby are safe.